Project Update - Week ending 22nd April 2016
'Delayed cabinets - Metheringham 3/2 (Nocton) - Cabinet is stood and powered. Estimated completion early May.'
At approximately 11.30pm last night, all traffic management in Main Street was dismantled and removed. This was in place to protect the contractors as they carried out the work on the conduits and ducts, but I did think this might have been left in readiness for new cable to be inserted.
It is such a shame that we don't have access to detailed information about the project to upgrade Nocton for fibre, so we are left guessing what this might mean. It could be any number of things:
- The fibre cable already installed to supply Cab 12 [Potterhanworth Rd] may actually be sufficient to supply the new Cab 17 [School Lane] too, without any new fibre cable being installed.
- It was thought that BT might feed a new copper cable from Cab 3 [Dunston Top] to Pillar 3/2 [Post Office] to replace the deteriorating aluminium cable to provide a more robust service for the few properties that are not going to be connected to Cab 17. This may not have been the intention after all and the aluminium cable will remain in service.
- The best case scenario could be the issue of 'Equivalence' has been overcome and all remaining properties for Nocton will be linked to the new fibre cabinet.
'The Fibre to Cabinet (FTTC) technology sees the DSLAM (Digital Subscriber Line Access Module) moving from it's traditional location at the local exchange to a street cabinet in your area.
Fibre is run to the enabled cabinet, and the remaining connection to your premises is run over the existing copper cables. By replacing a large proportion of the copper cables to the cabinet with fibre, it means the speeds that can be achieved are significantly higher.'
I think the final work will involve linking Pillar 3/2 to the DSLAM in Cab 17 using copper cable. In addition, the DSLAM in Cab 17 will need to be enabled by the specialist engineers.
BT Openreach FTTC Fibre Cabinet
If you want to see the complexity of enabling a new fibre cabinet, you only have to look at the photographs of the DSLAM equipment.
Huawei 288 - Cabinet 17
|Plate 1: Cab 17 - ready and waiting to be enabled|
|Plate 2: Distance between new Cab 17 and Pillar 3/2|
For those people not familiar with Nocton village, the old cabinet [Pillar 3/2] can be seen underneath the Post Office sign against the wall. The new fibre cabinet is also shown along with the new tarmac covering the conduit linking the two cabinets.
The fourteen properties unlikely to get superfast broadband are already connected to a fibre cabinet [Metheringham - Cabinet 3] nearly 3 kilometres away in Dunston. Five of these properties, are in the same row as the Post Office. The remainder are within 100 metres up the road.
So now you can see how ludicrous the situation is - we are within spitting distance of the new cabinet with superfast broadband tantalisingly close, yet are being told we cannot be re-routed to the new cabinet because of some OFCOM red tape!