Us­ing BT’S poles for broad­band

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Issue 523’s ‘Ques­tion of the Fort­night’ (‘Why does full-fi­bre broad­band de­pend on BT’S poles?’) sug­gests that hang­ing fi­bre op­tic on phone poles is a new con­cept. This month, I at­tended a meet­ing held by True­speed ( www. true­ here in Som­er­set. It al­ready has a deal with Open­reach to use their poles and holes, and have al­ready in­stalled fi­bre-to-the-home (FTTH) in a num­ber of vil­lages in the west coun­try.

The tech­nique is to start from a vil­lage al­ready con­nected by True­speed to one dis­tinct main fi­bre cable run­ning up from Corn­wall to London, and then jump to the next vil­lage. This ap­pears to avoid hav­ing to con­nect to the ex­ist­ing main fi­bre ca­bles (where avail­able) owned by Open­reach. Wil­liam Gayer

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