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Gfast Pod, VDSL Extension Pod or could be either?

timmy85

Casual 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.
Appreciate the info, even if it is a bit of a killjoy :LOL:
 

fat jez

Casual Member

JayK

Member
Appreciate the info, even if it is a bit of a killjoy :LOL:
If it does turn out to be G.Fast it will be the 1st pod I've seen deployed in a very long time.

As mentioned in my previous post the vast vast majority of these vented pods that are installed now are for VDSL capacity expansion.

Out of interest which exchange area is this and is there any G.Fast in the area?
 

timmy85

Casual Member
If it does turn out to be G.Fast it will be the 1st pod I've seen deployed in a very long time.

As mentioned in my previous post the vast vast majority of these vented pods that are installed now are for VDSL capacity expansion.

Out of interest which exchange area is this and is there any G.Fast in the area?
Exchange is SWPTH.

I've seen a few identical pods pop up on other local cabinets in the last few weeks. Not seen any addresses I check on the wholesale checker pinging as gfast yet though.

Does the exchange have to be configured for GFast over and above VDSL configuration.
 

dabigm

Top Member
Exchange is SWPTH.

I've seen a few identical pods pop up on other local cabinets in the last few weeks. Not seen any addresses I check on the wholesale checker pinging as gfast yet though.

Does the exchange have to be configured for GFast over and above VDSL configuration.

Has G.Fast appeared on the broadband checker website for you yet ? That would be the definitive answer.

 

timmy85

Casual Member
VDSL availability has changed from "waiting list" to "available" so the assumption is, it was a VDSL extension Pod that is now Live. No Sign of GFast on the wholesale checker.
 
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