Lifespan of Openreach FTTC installs may be 20 years
Openreach with its code powers does not need to always apply for planning permission when locating its cabinets for VDSL2. In areas such as nominated conservation areas, planning permission will be required. Details of four cabinet planning applications in Montrose, Angus reveal some interesting facts.
Usually Openreach street cabinets are green, but in this case Openreach was asking to install grey cabinets but has had the condition imposed that the cabinets need to be green, though the exact shade of green has yet to be defined.
The four locations, for those who live in the area and thus will be familiar with the streets, are:
- On the north side of the pedestrian footway on North Street, close to its junction with Murray Street/North Esk Road.
- On the north side of the pedestrian footway on Hume Street, close to its junction with High Street.
- At the rear of the pedestrian footway on the west side of Union Place, close to its junction with Wellington Street.
- At the rear of the pedestrian footway on the south side of St Peter’s Road, within the Mid Links area.
The full planning application gives some other interesting information about the Openreach cabinets, for those who have not seen one in the real world yet, the standard full sized cabinet is 130cm high x 75cm wide and 40cm deep with a 0.3sq metre footprint. The interesting snippet that reveals a lot about the future of broadband in the UK is that Openreach is informing councils that the cabinets which supply Super Fast Fibre Access are likely to be in place for some 20 years. By 2032 whether the cabinets will be supplying VDSL2 or a newer even faster xDSL variant or perhaps they may be housing fibre concentrators to merge the data from 200 or more homes that are then fed by fibre rather copper is open to debate and crystal ball gazing.