One of the problems in some parts of the UK is that the space on streets is limited, or even with the relaxation of planning rules the NIMBY effect means objections to a fibre twin cabinet being stood on a pavement.
At a briefing session in the St. Pauls BT headquarters which is in the City of London area where consumer priced superfast coverage can be difficult to find Joe Garner revealed plans to start deploying a combined VDSL2 and telephone cabinet which while larger than the old green street cabinets will take up less space than adding a new fibre twin. Most importantly this has implications for Exchange Only lines, since it may change the economics in both gap funded and commercial areas helping to get more of these EO lines upgraded to FTTC based services.
The new 'Onesie' has actually gone live in one location already, so it is not the figment of a press officer's mind. Some 119 premises in Andoversford will benefit from this cabinet and other cabinets will be installed in the coming months to improve speeds for others in the village. This cabinet was delivered via the Fastershire project (joint Herefordshire and Gloucestershire BDUK project) and the cabinet is the 100th to go live via the project.
The service delivered by this combined cabinet is identical to the standard cabinets i.e. FTTC in 40/2, 40/10 or 80/20 variants will be available. For those who are into their cabinet spotting we are chasing for a picture and actual dimensions.
Saturday 2nd August For those who like to play what is being delivered to their area, then @fastershire has a picture of the all-in-one cabinet on its twitter feed. The main differences are that it appears to be wider than the usual cabinets and from the front view ventilation slots are a lot less apparent than the standard fibre cabinets, we presume there are some around the side/rear, since the cabinet will be housing the mains powered VDSL2 hardware.