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Alan B
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January 22, 2018 - 9:55 am

No movement for two months now - I'm rapidly losing faith that we'll ever get it - feels like the last couple of streets have just been forgotten  🙁

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Still no sign of the remaining streets being activated for FTTP!!!

 

However, there may be related work in progress. OpenReach has two road works advisories in place. They appear to be digging up the road between Derbeth Grange and Concraig Park. Dates are this Friday to Monday. The advisory has a red triangle which usually means a traffic impact.

 

The second advisory is very interesting. It relates to work on Derbeth Grange for a new street cabinet (P34). Why it is needed I have no idea as I understood P28 dealt with all the Exchange Only lines in the area. Dates shown are Saturday to Tuesday.

 

Now, it may be simply that the first set of works is simply laying cable for the new street cabinet and nothing to do with FTTP.

 

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December 24, 2017 - 11:18 am

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Concraig Gardens was first online I believe due to work done last year. Because of this they use the old style of install where a cable is first run to a box fitted to the outside of the house and then on a second visit the fibre is run from this box into the house for the ONT.

Concraig Park on the other hand will be using the new style of install which does not require the first visit. A cable with a connection factory fitted at one end is run from the Distribution Point in the underground chamber through the telephone cable duct and then straight into the house where one join (fuse) is required to fit a connector for the ONT.

Using these pre connected cables reduces time. OpenReach have stated they can be in and out of a street with few people knowing what they're doing. I actually expected OR to leaflet the street to say orders were being accepted!!!

One bit of good news for you. OR have just introduced a new ONT box which combines the ONT and the battery back up unit so no cables hanging down below (other than main power, fibre optic cable and an ethernet cable!!!). My neighbour got one installed yesterday. According to those who care about appearances it is a far neater (though slightly larger) solution than the original. Took just over two hours.

Brian  

 

Thanks Brian, I wasn't aware that the technology had changed - was just going on what friends/local councillors had previously said  🙂

Speaking of councillors - there was an update from our councillor yesterday - he's asked OR for info on completion dates for the remaining street, so hopefully there'll be news soon.

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Alan

 

Concraig Gardens was first online I believe due to work done last year. Because of this they use the old style of install where a cable is first run to a box fitted to the outside of the house and then on a second visit the fibre is run from this box into the house for the ONT.

 

Concraig Park on the other hand will be using the new style of install which does not require the first visit. A cable with a connection factory fitted at one end is run from the Distribution Point in the underground chamber through the telephone cable duct and then straight into the house where one join (fuse) is required to fit a connector for the ONT.

 

Using these pre connected cables reduces time. OpenReach have stated they can be in and out of a street with few people knowing what they're doing. I actually expected OR to leaflet the street to say orders were being accepted!!!

 

One bit of good news for you. OR have just introduced a new ONT box which combines the ONT and the battery back up unit so no cables hanging down below (other than main power, fibre optic cable and an ethernet cable!!!). My neighbour got one installed yesterday. According to those who care about appearances it is a far neater (though slightly larger) solution than the original. Took just over two hours.

 

Brian

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December 20, 2017 - 9:30 pm

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Just spoke to an OR engineer. They're pretty certain cable laying is still in progress in Derbeth, had no knowledge of Wellside End but thought Concraig was complete. All off the record of course!!!

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Concraig Gardens is complete - Concraig Park not so much.

Can't say we've seen an OpenReach van or engineer in the street since this upgrade started. We certainly haven't been asked permission to fit the fibre boxes.

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Just spoke to an OR engineer. They're pretty certain cable laying is still in progress in Derbeth, had no knowledge of Wellside End but thought Concraig was complete. All off the record of course!!!

 

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Indeed, even if your line was to show "accepting orders" you would be very lucky to get an appointment this year.

 

As far as I can see there are 3 streets still to be connected but the funny thing is there's been no movement for the past month. It could just be there's been a pause in the work but there is another possible explanation - the network is live but the system isn't showing this.

 

I'm on my ISP's Community forum and there have been several cases mentioned where OpenReach records are either wrong or have not been updated. In one case the OR website was showing FTTP available whereas the DSL Checker was not - it's the latter that counts.

 

I mention this because all 3 streets that I believe are not live all show "Exploring Options" rather than "In Scope" on the OR website.

 

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December 15, 2017 - 10:48 am

Another month on and still no movement in Concraig Park - we're definitely not getting it "by the end of the year" Frown

On the plus side it sounds like the connection is great once you get it Laugh

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Leon said
291.08mb down and 30.46mb up. Old 8mb broadband long forgotten 🙂

That's better 🙂

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291.08mb up and 30.46mb down. Old 8mb broadband long forgotten 🙂

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November 16, 2017 - 9:39 am

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Streets are coming on-line one by one. Wellside Rd just came active which leaves only Concraig Park and Wellside End this side of the bridge. The end of the year was the given timetable so there's still time yet. Looks like it might be around 4 weeks wait for an engineer once you place an order.

Brian  

Yeah, I know it's coming - and someone has to be last  🙂

Just doesn't seem that it'll be here before the end of the year now, which is a shame  🙂

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Mine turned up with 65m cable - I only needed about 15m and that was because I have the ONT at the back of the front room. However, they had to go into town anyway so they got the shortest possible from the stores which is 33m. My neighbour will need less than 8m next week so that'll be about 25m wasted!!!

 

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Alan

Streets are coming on-line one by one. Wellside Rd just came active which leaves only Concraig Park and Wellside End this side of the bridge. The end of the year was the given timetable so there's still time yet. Looks like it might be around 4 weeks wait for an engineer once you place an order.

 

Leon

Good news. I've been running a constant 38 up on an up to 38 product.

 

Brian  

Brian,

I thought there was going to be another delay. The Engineer came back later with a 105m cable reel to complete job.

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Alan B said
Three months later, with several reassurances from Councillor Steve Delaney that "everything's still on track", and the OpenReach checker still says "exploring solutions" (not "in scope"), and the BT checker still says "we can't check your products online" for Concraig Park ...

Not looking hopeful for anytime soon  🙁  

Alan

Streets are coming on-line one by one. Wellside Rd just came active which leaves only Concraig Park and Wellside End this side of the bridge. The end of the year was the given timetable so there's still time yet. Looks like it might be around 4 weeks wait for an engineer once you place an order.

 

Leon

Good news. I've been running a constant 38 up on an up to 38 product.

 

Brian

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November 15, 2017 - 9:45 am

Three months later, with several reassurances from Councillor Steve Delaney that "everything's still on track", and the OpenReach checker still says "exploring solutions" (not "in scope"), and the BT checker still says "we can't check your products online" for Concraig Park ...

Not looking hopeful for anytime soon  🙁

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Broadband installed. Goodbye TPON. Approx 220 down and 30 up over wifi. No more downloading 4K movies overnight 🙂

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OK, it appears you're not allowed to put images in a post.

 

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Forgot to add you get a battery backup unit as well - I believe it may give about an hour of basic web / e-mail  during a power cut.

 

It also helps if you can hide the unit behind a chair, potted plant etc.

 

I've attached a photo (not the best quality!!!) of my install. Space was limited by the location - between a wall and a large wall unit. Though if I'd thought about it I could have suggested the backup unit be put on the adjoining wall. In case anyone gets confused I added a couple of small round back transparency patches to a couple of the LED lights.

 

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About 2.5 - 3 hours. Couldn't say for certain as the engineer apologised in advance that they had to be in Aberdeen mid morning so the install was split in two.

 

Probably helped as they were able to visit the stores and pick up a shorter cable - they only had 65m length cables and I need about 15 in total. Mind you, the shortest is 33m so still a fair bit wasted.

 

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System installed yesterday and PlusNet upgraded my speed to day. One happy bunny.

 

Last speed test gave 38 down (on an "up to 38" product) and 2 up (on a "up to 2" up product).

 

Brian  

That's great Brian. How long did it take to install?

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