I refer to my last blog on superfast broadband provision for Nocton.
I have since been in touch with the Senior Project Manager at Openreach for more information. This is what he had to say:
"Because we have converted an SCP (Secondary connection point) to a Broadband cabinet off Metheringham 3, we have what is called a live 2 live situation (which is becoming more and more common as we go deeper into the rural areas as we have to piggyback the fibre off the host PCP (Primary connection point) in this case Metheringham 3).
We have to re-configure the exchange and the external network accordingly. If we don’t, it will cause degradation of the network, cause cross–talk and also it will affect the quality of the broadband. We have to liaise with all the relevant ISP’s to let them know what we need to do (take down the network for a short period of time) and to a fair degree, we are dependent on the ISP’s responding in a timely manner before we can book in what is called a PEW – Planned Engineering Work. The PEW is to take down the network and allow our engineers to attend Metheringham 17 and re-configure the settings in the DSLAM so nobody suffers from cross talk.
The PEW is scheduled for the 21st and should only take a day. We then need all ISP’s to update their records to reflect the new routings of the circuits.
I would expect those people fed off Metheringham 17 to be able to order fibre service before Xmas."
Please note: once you have been able to order the fibre upgrade from your ISP, there will be a two/three week wait for BT Openreach to carry out the necessary work. Each customer order will be stacked in order of receipt, so longer delays may be experienced if there is a large demand from the local community.
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