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Romsey Residents Angered by “Eyesore” BT FTTC Broadband Cabinet

Friday, May 16th, 2014 (1:50 pm) - Score 1,838

Residents and politicians in Romsey, a small market town in the county of Hampshire (England), have become the latest group to moan of an “eyesore” after BTOpenreach installed one of its large (1.6 metres high) green superfast broadband (FTTC) street cabinets on the pavement of a busy high-street.

The cabinet is said to have been placed, under Permitted Development rights, in a conservation area around the middle of “The Hundred” (part of the local high street), just near the bike racks and postbox outside The Tavern Inn.

Speaking as somebody who sometimes passes through this part of Romsey at the weekends, the cabinet appears to be a completely new install rather than an upgrade and to be honest it didn’t look terribly out of place when we walked by recently (i.e. no more so than the nearby bin or bike rack etc.).

Never the less locals, including several councillors, have told the Romsey Advertiser that its “deplorable” and in the wrong place. Many of those complaining have also listed a variety of other potential locations for the cabinet, although placement of such infrastructure is often limited by access to a good power supply and the underlying communications cables.

We suspect that locals, many of which still welcome the underlying broadband improvement, might be distinctly less pleased if BT dug the whole street up just to reposition it. Meanwhile a spokesman for Test Valley Borough Council said, “We are writing to the suppliers of the broadband apparatus to invite them to investigate, with the council, any possible alternative position for the cabinet.”

A BTOpenreach Spokesman said:

Openreach have been liaising with Test Valley planners to agree the best cost-effective location for each cabinet. There is some more engineering work to do before the cabinet at The Hundred is fully operational, which will include painting it black. Openreach is installing a number of cabinets in the Romsey area that will provide access to fibre broadband to more than 2,000 homes and businesses this year.”

Complaints about BT’s cabinets are nothing new and we’ve covered countless similar gripes in the past, although only one or two have had much merit. In many cases the gripes overlook the often significant improvement to local connectivity and the potential uptick in local house price values. In case anybody has forgotten what FTTC cabs look like then here’s a picture from somewhere else.

bt fttc street cabinet phils photo

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32 Responses
  1. adslmax says:

    Leave ’em on ADSL.

    1. FibreFred says:

      Yep.. leave nimbys in the slow lane

  2. JNeuhoff says:

    Well done, it’s about time residents file complaints against these ugly green cabinet boxes.

    1. fastman2 says:

      Neuhoff —

      no cab = no FTTC so time for a choice (in that community
      bet the complaints would have been enormous if cab not been done and community not covered — welcolme to to parallel univeres that is superfast broadband

      PS whats happening in your exchange at present ?

    2. No Clue says:

      Again you assume everyone wants FTTC some people do not give a damn about the internet at all. Maybe the community does not want it at all.

    3. JNeuhoff says:

      “PS whats happening in your exchange at present ?”

      Nothing, and I couldn’t care less, we don’t use a BT line.

  3. Tomo says:

    At least they’ve got a FTTC cabinet, still plodding along at 2Mbps here!

    1. Andy says:

      Some of us would kill for an FTTC cabinet!!

  4. Steve says:

    Some people just have too much time on their hand.

  5. Snipit says:

    Hampshire England, what else is there to say, just paint it pink with purple dots.

  6. Jim says:

    The lucky ***%$A££! getting FTTC, wish I had a Fibre cab. i’m also stuck on super duper slow 0.3mbps download speeds still. some folks just don’t appreciate the benefits, would be such a waste of money if the cab has to be moved eleswhere.

  7. Stephen says:

    I’ll take their cabinet off their hands if they don’t want it! I dream of seeing one of these outside my house. They don’t know how lucky they are.

  8. X66yh says:

    I’d say Your example piccy of one does seem an excellent example of an inappropriate position.
    That is right in the middle of an open space where it stands out as an eyesore rather than up against a fence/wall etc.

    1. No Clue says:

      Indeed guess they could not be bothered to run the cables (bottom left concrete patch) a bit further along see the cabinet sat against that fence (top right)

    2. Unknown101 says:

      No clue – If you look at the scar in the pavement it shows that either the power or the ducting for the tie cables came from that direction. Theres a reason why its there and not against the wall – it would of been easier to put it by the fence/wall of that house but obviously theres a reason why its in the soft by there (probably because of the power from a nearby lampost or something).

    3. No Clue says:

      Or more likely because they are lazy and cheap swines that did not want to break up the concrete road/cycle path higher up in the picture redo the concrete to enable continued run the cabling to a point where it reaches the fence top right and put the cabinet neatly against the fence.

      Your excuses about lampposts that i can not see at all in that picture though are equally as good a typical BT BS reason.

    4. Unknown101 says:

      No clue – you can see the scars in the path and cycle path on the picture so they obviously come from that direction so it would of been easier to put it by the fence – there was obviously a reason why they put it further away from where those scars are going. Also contractors install these so its not lazy on BT’s behalf.

    5. Raindrops says:

      I doubt the “scar” you refer to on the right of the picture is anything to do with the cabinet.
      The concrete actually running to the cabinet, the left of the picture, is obviously newer. Sand/dirt/gravel around that area of the cabinet is pretty fresh also and there is none of it to the right of the cabinet.
      That old tarmac “scar” you refer to if it is anything to do with the new fibre cab is likely where cables etc run back to old cabinets where they are located could be either side of that new cabinet.

      Id also guess looking at that picture and knowing areas which are very similar there are likely houses with fences just like that scattered along the entire length of that road, which makes it even more of a puzzle why they shoved that cabinet where they have, rather than try to make it half blend in/put it out of the way against a fence or wall.

      It would be nice if MarkJ or anyone could identify the exact location of that FTTC cab see we could have a look on google maps to see if their were other more sensible locations, which judging just by what we can see i can not imagine it being plonked as it has been being the most suitable.

    6. No Clue says:

      The only thing that is obviously from the image is that cabinet is in a stupid place. To even try to claim that is the best place for it is absurd.

    7. TheFacts says:

      The land by the fence may belong to the house, see gas meter further along.

    8. No Clue says:

      If thats the case the land it is on belongs to someone else unless boundry lines in that area are hickerty pickerty.

      Even if it does belong to someone that makes no difference, where i used to live a poor bloke 10 doors down had a BT phone pole in his back garden.

  9. James Vincent says:

    These people complain if they don’t have reliable service and if their area doesn’t get upgraded. But yet when they see new infrastructure they hate it and wasn’t it taken away. Leave them on obliged copper…

    1. No Clue says:

      “These people complain if they don’t have reliable service and if their area doesn’t get upgraded.”

      Im sure they appreciated your attempt at reading their thoughts also.

  10. James Vincent says:

    **and want it taken away** sorry for spelling mistake

  11. Phil says:

    I have this cabinet in my back garden! Thanks!

  12. George Lloyd says:

    They can put their green box in my front garden if I could get fibre.

  13. Patrick Cosgrove says:

    A spokesman for the Shropshire and Marches Campaign for Better Broadband in Rural areas said, “If they don’t want it, we’ll have it. I’m visiting Romsey next week. I could put it on my roof rack.”

  14. Ignitionnet says:

    Romsey is exactly the kind of place that should have FTTC which, sadly, does come with certain cosmetic issues.

  15. fastman2 says:

    no clue — cabs have to be with max 100 metres (defined bu Ofcom) you would want to redude distance between copper cab / fibre cab to reduce potential cross talk – cabs also have to be able to be opended with out impeding footpath or highways – alo depends whats uder the road in terms of cables / power / and whether junciton was impeded road visibility —

    1. No Clue says:

      Ive no idea if that was a random out of place reply to me but you do not know where the original cabinet with reference to that photo is located and whether placing it the other side of that cycle pathway would mean it was closer or further away from the original cabinet. Regardless i doubt its on its limit of distance and even if it were i would be shocked if that was the most sensible place to put it.

  16. FTTX says:

    The fun is just beginning. Once the others start overbuilding as well 🙂

  17. David says:

    So we are now moaning over green cabinets? People are idiots.

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