While many of us are used to Openreach engineers hiding behind their temporary barriers on pavements and the occasional set of traffic lights, it looks like a major operation is underway to get a kilometre of ducting and fibre installed in a Cornish coastal location.
ThisIsCornwall has covered the problems facing residents and school children in Seaton and Downderry where a section of narrow road will have to be closed while the fibre roll-out in the area goes ahead. At first glance people will think closing a road from 4th November to 13th December seems like overkill, but a check on Google maps reveals that this road is one with no pavements and barely wide enough for two vehicles to pass easily. Alas the topography and history of Cornwall means that the detour is lengthy at some 18 miles for the community school bus.
With the various county projects pushing fibre infrastructure into more rural areas, problems like this are likely to become more common and in some ways provide justification for a FTTC based roll-out that only needs fibre running to the cabinets, rather than to each and every premise.