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Standard User TheBaron
(knowledge is power) Wed 28-Apr-21 18:14:12
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Re: Copper Retirement. Will Openreach remove unused lines?


[re: The_Highwayman] [link to this post]
 
In my industry we use copper wires (Wholesale Line Rental - WLR) to communicate with monitoring kit and to adjust gas pressures.

We are preparing for all these lines to be withdrawn by 2025 and to be replaced with Mobile Data/Solar power/Batteries (we used the power in the lines for modems etc)

Its too expensive to get fibre (and power) installed at thousands of sites

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Standard User Pheasant
(experienced) Wed 28-Apr-21 18:44:30
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Re: Copper Retirement. Will Openreach remove unused lines?


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What's your mobile data solution? Are you going LPWAN (ZigBee, LoRa, Sigfox) or LTE?
Standard User TheBaron
(knowledge is power) Wed 28-Apr-21 18:50:15
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Re: Copper Retirement. Will Openreach remove unused lines?


[re: Pheasant] [link to this post]
 
'Standard' Mobile GSM I think. Sites are scattered far and wide. They don't communicate to each other but to a central hub which records pressures and readings and sends setting instructions.

Edit, so LTE then

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Edited by TheBaron (Wed 28-Apr-21 18:50:54)


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Standard User Pheasant
(experienced) Wed 28-Apr-21 18:58:37
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Re: Copper Retirement. Will Openreach remove unused lines?


[re: TheBaron] [link to this post]
 
Thanks. That's interesting. I'm rolling out a similar setup on a project that runs mostly on solar, because of which the power budget is relatively tight. We've also opted to run LTE (mostly because we need more bursty bandwidth for remote maintenance). The total power budget under 5 watts. The LTE modem uses a smidge over 0.7W on average.
Standard User TheBaron
(knowledge is power) Wed 28-Apr-21 20:20:24
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Re: Copper Retirement. Will Openreach remove unused lines?


[re: Pheasant] [link to this post]
 
I don't know the engineering specs (I'm the accountant) but looks like a Cello modem and technolog solar panel. Good Luck with your project.

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Standard User Pheasant
(experienced) Wed 28-Apr-21 20:56:40
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Thanks and likewise good luck with your project
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