Quite the opposite, it's akin to getting blood out of a stone - unless there is competition about. However they are lack planning, control and strategy, and due to most of the network being built in a completely different technological era, don't appear to have accurate records either.
Take the people clued-up enough to find this forum, seeking help with database issues preventing them getting FTTC or FTTP when it's basically available;
Look at my map I published earlier
, and the obvious issues either with the databases, or potentially where the network has been badly built, just on one cabinet. See the four red links where data is dubious or obviously incorrect:
- the property adjactent to DP515 showing as being connected to DP525 (typo in data entry or scan?), but they're as far as you can be across the cabinet footprint from each other;
- the property adjacent to 532 being connected to 528 is also an anomaly and unlikely.
- one of the three properties (all within metres of each other) on DP531 shows FTTP as not available, where the other two show as available.
- one property is randomly connected (apparently) to a totally differnt cab to everyone else, which is a new cab for a development built c10 years after the property.
- one property in a terrace that should go to DP536 along with all of its neighbours and the other properties in the same street, shows as going to DP515... and consequently can't order FTTP.
Then there's the 3 or 4 properties in the business park that appear to have been omitted; and the one random business-park property (DP442) connected to a different PCP than all of the rest in its terrace/phase.
Then I still have the quesiton of why the FTTP here has been done in the first place, covering, looking at all of the other speed data available, a random grouping of DPs. I'd be highly surprised of people on ten different DPs have ordered FTTPoD together... and the contract team doing the work including those who did the survey were very much under the impression of it being BDUK work.
Then you have the fact these people doing the work are being contracted to travel the country to work here, there, and everywhere, rather than more local teams being employed longer term, working through their own areas.
Then there's quality, or lack of it. One duct blockage in my road, they didn't repair properly and ran the fibre in whilst the hole was exposed, so will need to dig again to enable the adjactent DP in due course. The other blockage in the road, the fibre-pullers still strugged with after it had been cleared so it again was poorly repaired. And the third hole was dug AFTER the fibre was in, just to they could claim an extra hole dug on their expenses... no fault there at all. Oh, then someone decided to send a van with traffic lights every day, mostly when no one showed up to do any actual work, and they just sat there half the day.... every day for a week and a half Didn't see traffic lights used once, it's a local small estate road, and there would be no need.
What was good was the speed of implementation... live a month from the groundworks, none of this year+ business, or fibre dangling from poles forever as often seems to be the case in the more rural areas likes mid-Wales.
But yes, I stand by my original statement, applicable to both BDUK and OR.
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