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shrews
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Message 1 of 8

Cabinet Upgrade Query

Hi all

 

I'm just trying to sanity check something we're being fed by a BT representative for our area re a FTTC cabinet upgrade.

 

In short we have two new housing developments, one is complete with around 90 homes, the other is in still in progress but has about 60 homes, 250 to come as the phases move on.

 

Currently both developments share the same cabinet, we've verified this with BT using the checkers. The finished development have banded together and been given a quote by BT to upgrade this cabinet to FTTC, around £20k, this group has recently discovered that our neighbouring development shares the same cabinet and we've been introduced to the process to help raise funds.

 

However, the chap from BT/Openreach has suggested that while the upgrade can take place against this cabinet it may not apply to the houses in the other development, despite sharing the same cabinet, and that the other development, sharing the same cab, may have to stump up another sum of money to get connected.

 

Im very concious this may be an attempt to charge twice for the same job but my understanding is by upgrading the cabinet any lines attached to it would become FTTC enabled also? I'm finding it hard to believe they'd move 90 from 1 street but leave another 50+ stranded and to effectively start holding them to ransom.

 

I'd be very interested to hear from anyone who understands the FTTC upgrade process in more detail to see what they think of the situation thats now being hinted at by BT? Is there any merit to it or are they trying to pull a fast one!

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Webby
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Re: Cabinet Upgrade Query

If a cabinet is upgraded, all lines connected to it will be able to order FTTC.

What he's probably getting as is that there's no guarantee FUTURE homes will be connected to tht cabinet.
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RogerB
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Re: Cabinet Upgrade Query

Probably because Openreach aren't yet aware what the take-up will be for fibre broadband ... and the street MSAN cabinets don't carry a limitless amount of ports to enable a high bandwidth connection to the network.
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shrews
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Re: Cabinet Upgrade Query

Thanks guys, this ties in with our thoughts that if a cabinet goes to FTTC then all lines become eligible, the BT chap freely admitted he needed to go away and speak to his colleagues but it's concerning hes started mentioning "more money may be required" before gathering the facts!

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pippincp
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Re: Cabinet Upgrade Query

Maximum connections to an MSAN cab at present is 384. 6x64 port cards.

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shrews
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Re: Cabinet Upgrade Query

There aren't that many lines going into this box, probably between 120 - 180 tops!!
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pippincp
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Re: Cabinet Upgrade Query

So roughly half of possible capacity.

 

I suspect the MSAN has been supplied to meet the requirements of those that funded it and only 3 cards have been installed.

 

64 port line cards are not cheap and that could be what the Openreach rep was referring to  re extra funding.

 

Note this is merely supposition and cannot be taken as a true explanation. Whoever dealt with Openreach and the original funding would be able to confirm what if any extra funding would be needed.

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Webby
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Re: Cabinet Upgrade Query

Nothing has been supplied yet.

Once s cab is installed, Openreach foot the bill for any additional capacity upgrades - just like they do for BDUK funded cabs.
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