Today I renewed my BT contract and am now getting FTTP installed.
I live in Northern Ireland and I have overhead phone lines. There appears to be a thin wire coming up through the ground and into the front of my house - I have no idea what this is as it isn't fed through a conduit that I can see. I have posted some pictures.
I'm wondering if any work will need to be carried out on my driveway - i.e. will it need to be dug up in any way?
The wholesale checker gives me this info:
Our records show the following FTTP network service information for these premises:-Single Dwelling Unit Residential OH Feed with no anticipated issues.
FTTP is available and a new ONT may be ordered.
As a fibre priority exchange, FTTP has priority over other products if available at the address
WLR is currently available at the exchange
SOADSL is restricted at the exchange
For all ADSL and WBC Fibre to the Cabinet (VDSL or G.fast) services, the stable line rate will be determined during the first 10 days of service usage.
For all SOADSL services,the stable line rate will be determined during the first 10 days of service usage.
This site is in an FTTP priority area where FTTP is available but exceptionally SOGEA will also show as available to order but only at Non-Standard Premises (NSP) such as Hot site, Uninhabitable and Temporary locations. Migrations of WLR Solus (voice-only lines) is also allowed but only for SOGEA 0.5Mbps bandwidths.
Actual speeds experienced by end users and quoted by CPs will be lower due to a number of factors within and external to BT's network, Communication Providers' networks and within customer premises.
Although VDSL FTTC and SOGEA is showing as currently not available on this cabinet, it may still be possible to place an order for VDSL (FTTC/SOGEA) speed profile of 40/10. Orders will be validated on an individual basis.
If you decide to place an order for a WBC fibre product, an appointment may be required for an engineer to visit the end user's premises to supply the service
In order to be eligible for handback, downstream speed should be less than Downstream Handback Threshold values.Mildenhall exchange:Only single order products are available and ADSL and ADSL2+ products are not shown as available.However for premises that can only be served by SOADSL, BT will continue to accept ADSL and ADSL2+ orders until SOADSL is available.
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According to the checker it will be fed from overhead
Single Dwelling Unit Residential OH Feed with no anticipated issues
They will feed a new fibre optic overhead cable and install an outside customer service point and then bring in the fibre indoor cable into the property to a location within reason.
more info at: https://www.openreach.com/help-and-support/full-fibre-broadband-installation-checklist
p.s the pictures show very old cables that are copper based - full fibre requires a new cable to be installed that is made of glass/plastic cores where light travels down along with new equipment out and inside your property
The thin wire is an earth wire.... At one point in it's life, the house possibly had telephony as a party line/shared service. Now not required.
Fibre cable will be fed from telephone pole to CSP on outside of of house, then onto the ONT placed inside near to mains power socket