There has been no sign of any work starting on this although the NI Direct website is still showing the same status and completion date of 30/06/18. Assuming the fibre will be strung on the existing poles,does anyone know how long it takes to run,say a 4 or 5 mile length ? I imagine running fibre along existing poles could be done relatively quickly but any further infrastructure needed could take longer. Just wondering is it still feasible for this to be done by the end of June ?
We were in the same boat with the same questions. The work that needs to be done takes no more than 4 week or so (for our 3 mile distance). In our case they used the same route the copper cable took, because it had to go back to the cabinet and fibre exchange (the FTTC box).
The thing is, they will survey it first, then draw up the things that needs to be done, and set a ‘sort of date’. So while the work can be (relatively) quick, Openreach seems to have a lot of projects going on (the guys laying our fibre were driving to all different places in the UK), so it is just waiting until ‘your’ street/area is being assigned to be done.
There was at least 5 or more teams doing the fibre over the months here (some lay down fibre over poles, some do only the underground stuff, some only connects them up, some cut trees that are in the way, some changes the bad poles for better ones etc). Also, an area needed traffic control, so they needed to ask permission to ‘block’ the road, which also took time. THEN someone needed to come and test it, and then waiting for another team to publish this correctly in the systems for you to order (we are now in this last phase! Just ordered... but need to see whether it actually works!)
So what I try to share is that it isn’t just slinging the fibre from a to b, but all these details require quite some attention. Perhaps better call the NI Direct and ask them what is happening exactly?
P.s. it is very much feasible that projects like this get delayed by weeks/months once they actually start laying the fibre (ours was delayed from x-mas until this weekend when we finished finally).
edit: ow.. it seems that this date June 2018 is set generally for all projects of NI, see their website
Edited by FTTP2 (Mon 05-Mar-18 17:39:35)