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Difference between fibre duct terminations?

K8-bit

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Does anyone know what the difference between these two duct terminators are? Some houses on our street have one, others the other. Just wondered what the difference was. Thought was maybe single-dwelling vs. multi-dwelling but does not seem to be so. Openreach in this case.
 

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Mark.J

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So the one on the left looks like a standard toby box cover (street connection point), which reflects a lateral cut from the main street fibre. Such boxes usually house fibre Microducts and Splice enclosures, which may be used to serve 1-2 homes.

The one on the right (blue) doesn't look anything like that and may be more of a permanent marker, which might indicate where a toby box should go in the future (i.e. when customers place an order). But I'm not sure, I've not seen those before. I'll find out.
 

K8-bit

Casual Member
Thanks Mark, Interestingly the type on the left is seen less frequently than the "bottletop" one in the town - we ourselves got one last week when the ducting work was completed. Meanwhile, friend of mine a few streets away has the bottletop, and openreach wholesale checker shows FTTP available - other side of his street one property has the other type of termination, also available.

Hopefully our enablement won't be too far behind :)
 

ngnfzu

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Does anyone know what the difference between these two duct terminators are? Some houses on our street have one, others the other. Just wondered what the difference was. Thought was maybe single-dwelling vs. multi-dwelling but does not seem to be so. Openreach in this case.
Blue one is just a marker, below it will be a capped off new duct - probably find that the house has grassed/soil route to the property from that marker pin.

The other one is as Mark says is a Toby box which will have duct/tubing going to the base of it, then the fibre cable can be pulled through it and then cleared along a garden wall, or again have new duct dig from it to the property depending on each individual situation.
 

Mark.J

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So the official line on that blue thingy is that it's a drop pin used to identify where duct has been fed into a customer’s curtilage. So, much like I suggested, it's essentially a marker for a Toby Box. During the early stages of dig Openreach did use a small Toby Box as a marker.
 
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