Many of the rural areas in Somerset that have been flooded in the last few weeks are those without cabinet based broadband, but as the Thames and other areas started to flood where superfast broadband solutions are available this got us thinking as to how well do the cabinet based solutions cope with flooding? Given the mains powered nature of the cabinets and the large number of connectors within them we suspect not very well.
So while the priority for those whose home or business has been flooded will be getting life back to normal, for others who escaped the flooding but the box delivering their FTTC service did not escape the complaints may be different.
So do you have FTTC based broadband or Virgin Media and how did it cope with the flooding? We would love to hear from you, and if a cabinet went offline due to flooding how long is Openreach taking to fix the problem.
We are 100% sure comments will arise that FTTH/FTTP would have avoided this problem, and while a GPON network with its passive infrastructure will probably still work, there will still be major cleaning needed of fibre splitters and manifolds if the enclosures water seals failed. Some FTTH deployments that use point to point architectures still rely on a powered cabinet for switching hardware, so the same issues with regards to water and electronics would apply.