Green Boxes

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Davey, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. Davey

    Davey Guest

    Suddenly, with no fanfare, some dark green boxes are appearing in the
    village. Are they Fibre? Two-door, maybe 6 feet wide, 1 foot deep, 4
    foot high (very approx.)
    We are not supposed to be getting fibre until late 2015, so this would
    be early. If they run any cable, of course.
    Davey, Aug 24, 2014
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    Woody Guest

    If it is BT there may be some vents on one of the doors and
    the lock units on the doors will be large(ish) castings with
    a pair of short 'fingers' on each that interleave, the
    padlock being fitted inside the casting from the underneath.

    It certainly will not be VM.
    Woody, Aug 24, 2014
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    Adrian C Guest

    The aliens have landed but they got the wrong paint.

    It should have dark blue, flashing blue light etc....

    (I'll get my coat)
    Adrian C, Aug 24, 2014
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    Mark Carver Guest

    Mark Carver, Aug 24, 2014
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    David Guest

    David, Aug 24, 2014
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    Davey Guest

    Davey, Aug 24, 2014
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    Davey Guest

    I didn't see any stickers. Probably not installed enough % yet. They
    are only just being placed.
    Davey, Aug 24, 2014
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    Davey Guest

    I saw that somewhere closer to London last night.....
    Davey, Aug 24, 2014
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    Phil W Lee Guest

    Don't bet on anything - putting the cabinets in may just mean that
    they have the right work crews in the area with nothing else
    There are a number of pieces to the jigsaw, and the cabinet is only
    one of them.
    Just off the top of my head, they have to arrange power to the
    cabinet, lay trunking between it and it's sister conventional cabinet
    (but they may have included that in the build), pull fibre from the
    exchange to the cabinet (which will probably form part of a "loop"
    through several exchanges areas), upgrade the exchange, and probably
    increase the backhaul bandwidth from the exchange before a service
    actually becomes available.
    Phil W Lee, Aug 24, 2014
  10. We were originally scheduled to have FTTC available by December 31st
    2012, but since then it's been rescheduled for March 31st 2013,
    December 31st 2013, March 31st 2014 and most recently December 31st
    2014, and in all that time our old green box (about 70 yards away)
    appears to have remained unchanged, from the outside that is.
    Flyiñg Ñuñ 2°14 + on netbook, Aug 25, 2014
  11. Davey

    Davey Guest

    I'm wondering if these new boxes are just additional normal 'phone line
    cabinets, maybe with an eye on future fibre? They are not near existing
    Davey, Aug 25, 2014
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    Phil W Lee Guest

    Possibly planning delays.
    I know that's been a problem in some places.
    Not all cabinets need it, but it can be a major problem in places like
    conservation areas and national parks, where one objection can prevent
    the rubber stamp from falling, and cause convoluted passage through
    planning departments, committees, planning sub-committees and even the
    full council.
    OTOH, if they exempted them entirely, you can bet some dick would site
    one somewhere completely stupid, having only ever looked at a small
    chart of the location and without any local knowledge at all.
    Phil W Lee, Aug 25, 2014
  13. If there's a number stencilled on it, single or double digits mean
    it's BT. The VM cable cabinets have much longer numbers, but BT seem
    to start counting from 1 for all the cabinets attached to each
    exchange, so they rarely get above a few dozen.

    Also look for any manhole covers nearby. If there's one labelled
    "CATV" then that's cable, i.e. Virgin Media. If it says Openreach or
    BT, than that's what it is. If it's really old it might be labelled
    "PO" or "GPO".

    Roderick Stewart, Aug 25, 2014
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    Davey Guest

    One of the ones that prompted this thread is positioned so as to block
    half the width of a narrow pavement. Looking at marks on the road
    surface, it's where it is so as to be opposite a different road, but
    it's still going to be pain for pedestrians.
    Davey, Aug 25, 2014
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    Davey Guest

    These are brand new (hence the "Suddenly, with no fanfare, .."), and so
    far have no stickers, at least that I could see.
    Davey, Aug 25, 2014
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    Andy Burns Guest

    They planted the FTTC cabinets in this village last November, then they
    did the digging from nearest lamp-post to supply them with mains, then
    they did the digging to the adjacent old green cabinet, then they seemed
    to replace several broken duct covers in the pavements, then they've had
    to do plenty of random digging to clear blocked ducts for the fibre.

    They're still not live yet, and even then it won't benefit me :-(
    Andy Burns, Aug 25, 2014
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    Davey Guest

    That's what I don't see, these new ones are not near existing cabinets,
    unless they are the other side of walls, which is why I think they may
    just be additional 'old' cabinets.

    Is there some webpage that shows the location of BT cabinets?
    Davey, Aug 25, 2014
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    Mark Carver Guest

    Mark Carver, Aug 25, 2014
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    Mark Carver Guest

    Mark Carver, Aug 25, 2014
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    Davey Guest

    Which I don't. I found references to maps for fibre cabinets, but not
    older 'normal' ones, and since these are nowhere near active yet, they
    won't be on any BT map that I can find.
    Davey, Aug 25, 2014
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