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Standard User taffston
(newbie) Tue 16-Feb-21 15:07:12
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FTTP Rollout Timeframe Query


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Hi all,

Long time listener, first time caller...

I appreciate a lot of people have asked similar things, but I can't seem to find a thread which addresses my situation and was just hoping for some advice.

I live on a farm in a rural location outside of Llanelli. About a year ago I spotted Openreach installing what I think are called track nodes to the poles on our lane and over the past 12 months every so often the road gets dug up to connect sections where the poles go under power lines etc. A couple of weeks ago Openreach were here again on the poles and I went out to ask how close we were to being able to place an order and the engineer said "hopefully within a week".

I work from home and this would make the world of difference to me, and I'm delaying investing in a 4g broadband contract to see if FTTP really does arrive.

The advice I'm specifically after is:

1. Every fibre checker etc. seems to indicate we can't order yet and doesn't mention the work. I also notice that our area is not marked for priority rollout. Could this mean that although the infrastructure is done, we may not actually be able to order for a long time potentially?
2. Would anyone be able to advise whether they think in my position it's worth waiting (if what I'm saying sounds positive), or whether I should just pursue other avenues as it could still be a year+ away?

Thanks!

Edited by taffston (Tue 16-Feb-21 22:26:07)

Standard User taffston
(newbie) Tue 16-Feb-21 15:15:53
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Re: FTTP Rollout Timeframe Query


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Just providing a couple of images that might help:

https://ibb.co/Yyzj2W4

https://ibb.co/PWJ0LwC
Standard User candlerb
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 16-Feb-21 15:16:44
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Re: FTTP Rollout Timeframe Query


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If what you can see on the poles are CBTs or manifolds rather than track nodes, then it's much more likely you'll be able to order FTTP soon.

A CBT (Connectorised Block Terminal) has a number of ports where individual subscriber connections go - typically 4, 8 or 12.

There are photos linked from this article:
https://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/8620-a-walk-in-a...
e.g. see the front and right sides of this pole:
https://www.thinkbroadband.com/assets/images/news-20...


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Standard User taffston
(newbie) Tue 16-Feb-21 15:20:46
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That's really positive, thank you! From the images I posted above, do you think that second one shows a CBT?
Standard User candlerb
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 16-Feb-21 15:24:20
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It's hard to see, and someone else will be able to give a more definitive answer, but I think it could be a 4-port CBT.
Standard User taffston
(newbie) Tue 16-Feb-21 15:41:29
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Appreciate it! smile
Standard User burakkucat
(experienced) Tue 16-Feb-21 15:59:55
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In reply to a post by candlerb:
It's hard to see, and someone else will be able to give a more definitive answer, but I think it could be a 4-port CBT.
Yes, it is a 4-port CBT.
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