The BT fibre roll-outs have started to deploy Fibre to the Remote Node and the first pictures of an actual deployment have surfaced on our user forums.
The mini cabinet is cabinet 10 on the Leyburn exchange in North Yorkshire and appears to serve just five postcodes, (DL8 4PX, DL8 4PU, DL8 4SQ, DL8 5PT and DL8 5PU). The mini cabinet will offer the standard 40/2, 40/10 and 80/20 speed VDSL2 products with the speed falling off at the usual rate which means anyone with a line of less than 1.2 km to the cabinet should see speeds above 24 Mbps.
The FTTrN option will increase the variety of options to bring fibre based broadband to areas. Of course full fibre to the home would be the preferred option and while the BDUK projects are using increasing amounts of FTTP it is only being used where it is the cost effective solution to meeting target levels of superfast coverage.
The BT/council roll-outs attract a lot of criticism for the low levels of FTTH/P but Surrey with its very high coverage levels of fibre based broadband at speeds of 15 Mbps or faster is seeing limited amounts of FTTP deployed to areas which also have access to FTTC, but only for the properties that are a LONG distance from the cabinet.