For over a year I've been on a long and sometimes exasperating journey to get FTTPoD, and one I sorely wish I'd never started. Of course Covid-19 interrupted this to some degree, and perhaps should be partly to blame.
I live on a B road, on the Wickersley exchange where there's lots of Openreach infrastructure including two FTTC cabs one quite nearby and another about 900meters away. The one I'm connected to currently gives me a capped 25000KB/S, but never much more, so just over a year ago I decided to get a survey and quote for getting FTTPoD installed, which was on the high side of what was expected but nevertheless it was ordered with great anticipation, and then I was committed (I should be) to the FTTPoD installation process.
We are now at the end of that long roller coaster of a process, the CBT is on the top of the pole which is next door, and they did an audit on the installation, which has to pass before they will connect an overhead cable from my house to the CBT.
There were two Openreach vans outside a few weeks ago - and I spoke to one of the engineers, and he said they were doing the audit for my connection. Later that morning I went out - and was told in an extremely serious tone of voice: "The metal covering should have 16 nails in it, and there are only 14 nails. in it" - He also told me that if it was a native FTTP - it would have already been connected, with or without the nails but FTTPoD is different.
This is a metal sheath like affair which goes up the pole covering the cable, up to a certain height with a metal collar on the base of it covering the exit hole where the cable comes out from a chamber they put in the pavement. On the right side of that metal collar at the base of the pole there are two missing nails. So there are 14, and not 16.
The job controllers have advised today that the circuit failed its audit and has since been sent back to the field team to rectify the errors in the build.
These are minor and should not cause undue delay
Since then nothing. I've been checking for the nails every day since lol! It's clear that these two wretched nails are holding up the next stage of my connection. There are Openreach people working all the time on a new estate being built over my back fence. Indeed the fellow checking the circuit had took time away from working there.
So now I am waiting for someone to come and bang two wretched nails into a telegraph pole so I can get connected. Words cannot currently express the venom I feel for that company right now. No doubt even when they hammer in the nails it will have to be checked and double checked again. No doubt they might find that the similar collar which protects the copper multi core cable going up the pole is completely missing altogether. Maybe that might be the next excuse not to finally connect me.
Then of course - where I live (Wickersley) is now on the official list to get native FTTP - when that might be I've no idea. Probably by 2026 at the rate they seem to do things. Everyone else round here will get FTTP and I will still be waiting for my FTTPoD connection to be finished and the nails still won't be hammered into that collar.
By the way they are special nails with large round shiny metal cylindrical heads. Otherwise I'd have gone round to Screw-Fix to get some and hammered the darn things myself.