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Standard User JT_WHC
(newbie) Tue 11-Dec-18 08:47:38
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4G new mast query


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Apologies but not sure if this post goes in 4G or another forum as it covers two subject areas; 4G and FTTC/P

We're getting a new mast as part of the Scottish 4G infill project (hooray!)
As you'd guess, we're in a remote location that has no mobile signal

As part of the Implementation, the mast is probably going to get a fibre connection from our local Exchange

The local exchange is exchange activate (fixed 0.5mb) and approx 2km from the mast site

If the internet source for the mast is taken from the exchange then:
- does the exchange need upgrading to enable it?
- if the exchange needs to be upgraded then does that mean we get FTTC by default?

I guess I could be wrong and maybe they're going to source the fibre connection via another route

Just want to get views on whether I should push to get other work scheduled whilst they're doing the 4G work
Standard User jchamier
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 11-Dec-18 08:58:07
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Re: 4G new mast query


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As part of the Implementation, the mast is probably going to get a fibre connection from our local Exchange

A cellular mast won't use consumer internet connections that go through the exchange, but will use a corporate "leased line" type connection from the mast directly to the network operator(s) whom are on the mast. Not directly to the internet.

Whilst they will use fibre optic cabling, it won't be consumer broadband "fibre".

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Standard User kitcat
(experienced) Tue 11-Dec-18 12:12:25
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Re: 4G new mast query


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JT_WHC

If the local exchange is still 'Exchange activate' it is likely to not have a fibre link to it. ( May only be served by 8Mb (or 34Mb) copper TDM system).

"As part of the Implementation, the mast is probably going to get a fibre connection from our local Exchange"

This means it is probably going to be served by microwave to a neighbouring mast or exchange rather than fibre. This can be significantly cheaper than running fibre.

However you will than be able to use 4G data as your BB connection dramatically improving your BB connection. There is a strong suggestion that this is how the USO will be provided to some remote areas as a 4G signal will meet all the requirements.

If the mast is served by fibre from your exchange it will not NEED to be upgraded but MAY be if BT want to get rid of the old kit. No you do not get FTTC by default this would also require a new cabinet outside the exchange and this is unlikely to reach all premises with FTTC speeds and may not cost in unless there are over approx. 100 properties within 1Km of the exchange. You may however be upgraded to ADSL2+ if enough people already take BB. ( Most activate sites have only around 30 BB connections on them some reach 60). R100 project may provide funds for some of this but may default to 4G service as much cheaper.


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