Right now, there’s an amazing transformation underway in Wales, the deployment of FTTP or Fibre to the Premise.

This is because of the Superfast Cymru partnership between the Welsh Government & BT Openreach.

Original story found at Tek Cymru

Wales 30Mbps – England 24Mbps.

Wales lost against England during the 2016 RBS Six Nations Rugby, but the Welsh Government’s minimum broadband target speed is 30Mbps to each home or business premises, whilst in England it is 24Mbps.

This means more FTTC cabinets have to be built by BT Openreach to reach this contractual requirement, and more use of FTTP.

FTTP is essentially being deployed to mop up areas not reached by FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) technology.

Across Wales, there are new BT Openreach poles being replaced to cope with the weight of new fibre cabling/joints (some poles simply need replacing due to age), as well as new underground concrete structures, to act as distribution points for this totally brand new network.

So the next time you see some cabling or polyduct tubing as shown in this picture, it is evidence that there’s building work underway, but it’s painstakingly detailed, and as a consequence, it takes many, many months to complete.

There are also 3rd party dependencies such as landlords, opposition from people who may complain about new poles being erected, and other hidden factors – which makes the question “when am I getting it?” very very difficult to answer, a little bit like predicting the weather.

Learning from Michael Fish – those who dare to forecast anything, risk getting stones thrown at them if they get it wrong – and all because there was a spanner thrown in the works.

In fact “spanners in the works” could mean there’s a danger an area may not get Superfast Broadband – should any of the 3rd party issues get in the way.

The new overhead fibre cable routes (usually given away with a yellow “overhead fibre” badge as seen here) are there for mainly 2 reasons.

  1. Because its providing connectivity (known as backhaul) to a nearby cabinet (either FTTC or the mini version – FTTrN), or in some cases a mobile phone mast.
  2. Or its for FTTP – which currently can allow residential and business users to subscribe to speeds of 330Mbps.

330Mbps is significantly more than the distance dependant “up to” 80Mbps offered by the 3000+ green FTTC cabinets in Wales.

FTTP can allow users to subscribe to the speed they require – BT and Zen Internet are currently the only providers that offer the higher 300Mbps speed option, other providers typically offer 38Mbps or 76Mbps services.

FTTP distribution point mounted on a pole – usually located near a property.

If there’s one outside your home or business, and is ready to accept orders – then you should get excited, because not only has your property just increased in value, but you will be able to order Superfast broadband.
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