What are the potential reasons for a desktop quote to come back as
Estimated Build Cost: Unable to offer an estimate using desk survey tools. Onsite survey required to confirm charges
Number of premises passed for FTTP: Unknown (Subject to survey)
Which seems to be a bit odd to me. I can literally look out the window and calculate the latter. There are 11 lines off the pole including mine. Are Openreaches records so abysmal they don't have that information?
Then there is the distance to the aggregation node. Now the whole reason I put on for a desktop survey was I have a pretty good idea where that is. That is about a month ago I was walking along the street and there was an Openreach van parked up and a man busy winching the tops off a CW No.3 Silent Night type manhole cover. My interest peaked I decided to walk past on the way back and, well there was what looks (to me at leas based on a Google image search) like an aggregation node. As the crow flies the potential aggregation node is 103m (from Google maps) from my telegraph pole. Which is nice and short
The pole is at the bottom of my garden (well technically next doors as it is their side of the fence line. One can see the existing copper cables come down the pole, go over the wall in the grounds of the church and into the ground. If you pick the right satellite image from Google earth you can see a vegetation stress line in the grass coming from the pole which is highly indicative of trenching in the past and would suggest a fairly direct route to the aggregation node to me. Though I have no idea as to whether that is ducted or direct bury.
All kind of annoying, I guess I should not complain too much as I get something very close to a full 80/20 on my FTTC. Just work have said fulltime "agile" (aka mainly working from home) is to become an option and what with the village getting g.Fast (too far away to benefit) I don't see native FTTP arriving anytime soon and with it potentially being quite close if the desktop quote and been remotely reasonable (say under £10k) I would have gone ahead with a full survey, There was a bit of a hoo-ha last year when some 5 sparsely placed properties south of the village where quoted £22.7k for full fibre, ISPreview covered it.
At the moment I am not going to go ahead with the full survey till I have it in writing I can mostly work from home when the current situation is over.