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Gfast Pod, VDSL Extension Pod or could be either?

dabigm

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bulldog

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it is :D and my upload is faster than when I had 500mbit VM :LOL:
You must be very lucky to be closer to three mobile to your local mast. Hope u got unlimited usage plan with no cap! If that available to my area I would change from FTTC to Mobile Broadband instead and dump line only. But three network here are bad. Only get speed of 21/7 poor network.
 

timmy85

Casual Member
Openreach help on twitter confirmed it is a gfast pod, but couldn't give an estimate on go live date. So will go back to routinely checking the wholesale checker. Reminds me of waiting for FTTC to go live.
 

dabigm

Top Member
You must be very lucky to be closer to three mobile to your local mast. Hope u got unlimited usage plan with no cap! If that available to my area I would change from FTTC to Mobile Broadband instead and dump line only. But three network here are bad. Only get speed of 21/7 poor network.

yep unlimited everything £6 a month (after cashback) cant complain ;D
 

Bubblesthefish6

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yep unlimited everything £6 a month (after cashback) cant complain ;D
Please share you secrets and what site u used for cashback :D my dad needs a new phone contract and he uses a fair bit of data :)
 

dabigm

Top Member
Please share you secrets and what site u used for cashback :D my dad needs a new phone contract and he uses a fair bit of data :)

Here ya go buddy


Also check the same website for other operators. You might also be able to get some extra cashback via topcashback, and if you've got a Santander 123 account you get some cashback there which brings it closer to £5 a month effective price.

Just a heads up, that deal expires today.
 

Bubblesthefish6

ULTIMATE Member
Here ya go buddy


Also check the same website for other operators. You might also be able to get some extra cashback via topcashback, and if you've got a Santander 123 account you get some cashback there which brings it closer to £5 a month effective price.

Just a heads up, that deal expires today.
Thanks, I've signed him up as he's fed up with his BT Mobile and EEs netowork antics and down time. Just proves that EE are incapable of servicing a mast. 22 times it was down throughout 2020
 

dabigm

Top Member
Thanks, I've signed him up as he's fed up with his BT Mobile and EEs netowork antics and down time. Just proves that EE are incapable of servicing a mast. 22 times it was down throughout 2020

Check the mast isn't the same one as three though. MBNL operate a mast sharing scheme between three and EE. I have had a few mast issues in 2020 but never a total outage, usually just horrible speeds. But at least one of them is on a totally different mast over 1km away, this I use as a backup in case of emergencies!
 

Bubblesthefish6

ULTIMATE Member
Check the mast isn't the same one as three though. MBNL operate a mast sharing scheme between three and EE. I have had a few mast issues in 2020 but never a total outage, usually just horrible speeds. But at least one of them is on a totally different mast over 1km away, this I use as a backup in case of emergencies!
It's an MBNL mast, but there was only once when Three didn't work when EE was out. I use three myslef and it's only gone off once and that was the time.
 

Bubblesthefish6

ULTIMATE Member
Also, EE decided it was a good idea to put the (MBNL) mast on a hill and that is the only one that serves our village. You have to walk to the bottom of the village to get 1 bar of HSDPA from the next village over and I live at the top of the village. Thank god for WiFi call tho!!!
 

bulldog

ULTIMATE Member
Openreach help on twitter confirmed it is a gfast pod, but couldn't give an estimate on go live date. So will go back to routinely checking the wholesale checker. Reminds me of waiting for FTTC to go live.
Yep when FTTC waiting list turn into Available then G.fast should be accept order
 

Bubblesthefish6

ULTIMATE Member
Those speeds are a dream to me...... Openreach wont do anything tho and its a long long long long long long long long long long long long time before i get FTTP up here in cullingworth :)
 

Glovepup

ULTIMATE Member
I have G.Fast, cabinet is across the road from my house. I get 300mb down and 50mb up and I love it. Just a shame the technology has limited reach.
 

timmy85

Casual Member
It's definitely GFast. Found out earlier a neighbour works for Openreach and they had been asking around in work. Estimated Go Live date of April 1st.

Is there a way to guesstimate potential speeds based off of VDSL line stats?
 

dabigm

Top Member
Is there a way to guesstimate potential speeds based off of VDSL line stats?

Nope. I got full speed VDSL and slower G.Fast than VDSL.
 

JayK

Member
That's a VDSL Sidepod.
It contains a Huawei MA5818 DSLAM and can hold 4 x 64 port VDSL2 line cards.

They appear on codelook as "VDSL Sidepod" when live.

They no longer install 2nd DSLAM's (or 3rd, i know of a couple PCP's with 3 DSLAM's) but use these sidepods instead.
There are now thousands of these in the network.

As the articles on ISPReview point out, there has been no new G.Fast areas announced since... 2018?
Not a single G.Fast pod has been installed since the end of 2019.

They use the same identical exterior pods they used for G.Fast for VDSL expansion and for Subtended Head-Ends.

Thinkbroadband have images of a Nokia S.H.E in 1 of these pods on a PCP.
 
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