Okay so Cornwall has a higher proportion of FTTP roll-out by Openreach than probably any other county in the UK currently, but it is still a nice surprise to spot the different areas. Newquay is usually best known as a place to go surfing or a place for a hen or stag weekend.
Catching a FTTP deployment in mid-build and putting these few picture online may help people to identify what they see going on in their area. For example it appears that for FTTP, the blown fibre tubing used is specifically marked as FTTP.
When in the town back in March we spotted some FTTP overhead infrastructure, there may have been more FTTP in the town but the was the only area we spotted along the South West Coastal Path.
The South West Coastal Path runs down an old railway line and it appears that the FTTP construction in the area is still underway, evidenced by the coils of blown fibre tubing left on other telegraph poles. The picture above also has the fibre tubing and the manifold installed, but given the state of the other FTTP poles in the area we doubt it has the fibres blown through the tube to the manifold. If the service was live and a customer connected you see the fibre drop tube exiting the top of the manifold.
The joys of GPS tagging on digital cameras mean you can get a reasonable idea of where these pictures were taken, and avoid the confusion that so often arises when in an area you don’t have intimate knowledge of.
The advantages of FTTP mean that knowing where it is available could potentially make a big difference to peoples property purchase decisions, but alas for now detailed information on the BT FTTP locations around the UK and even the location of street cabinets is still a closely guarded secret. You can use resources like the BT Wholesale telephone and address checker, but if you were moving to Newquay it would be a long job to check which parts of the town are already offering FTTC and FTTP.
We could arrange a crowd sourcing campaign but with the majority of FTTP infrastructure underground in pavement chambers it would be hard to tell where it was, for now it is only easy to spot in areas with an overhead deployment.