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Openreach Installation Question

mutneylef

Member
Hi,

I was on our regular lockdown walk today when I saw two engineers installing fibre in the road next to mine (ours is the main "spine road" on the estate").

I had a chat with them ,but they couldn't really tell me anymore than it was an installation for the estate and that they had been subcontracted by Openreach.

I've had a look on the Openreach wholesale website but it still says that the best we can get is Fibre on Demand.

Is there anywhere I can find anymore information, or is it just a case of keeping checking the website? I am in Silsoe, Bedfordshire, if that's of any help?

Thanks
 

Meatball

Pro Member
Silsoe appears not to be on the current OR Market Towns and Villages list nor on the Fibre First. Therefore I would assume it may be new build in Silsoe such as Hayfield Place or Newbury Lane.
 

mutneylef

Member
Thanks for the reply.

Our estate isn't new, it's ~seven years old. They were installing on Plantation View.

I specifically asked if they were adding the fibre for a private installation or to beenfit the estate and they indicated it was the later.
 

Mark.J

Administrator
Staff member
ISPreview Team
To be fair Openreach often starts deployments in an area before they formally announce them as being part of their rollout, so it's plausible that you might still be part of the next batch of locations. The key thing to look for is whether the engineers are running fibre either along the local poles (if you have any) or digging trenches into the pavements with toby boxes outside each home. The latter is almost certainly for FTTP.
 

mutneylef

Member
Thanks for the response, that's really positive.

They were pulling the fibre lines through already installed underground conduit which have access panels/cover in the pavement every 5-10 houses.

Hopefully it won't be too long until I see something on the BT website
 

candlerb

Casual Member
Keep a look out to see if they install Connectorised Block Terminals (CBTs) in the footway boxes, like this one:

from this article:

Sometimes they also rod+rope the ducts from the footway box to each property (which is a very strong sign), although they may also leave it until the time someone orders service.
 

Meatball

Pro Member
I don't want to dash your hopes but this could be just FTTP to the School or Sports Centre as part of wider projects to link public buildings and schools.
 
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