Newlyn residents unhappy at new pole that will bring FTTP to street
In many countries overhead FTTP and utility infrastructure is normal, and where possible and economically feasible Openreach prefers to install its fibre infrastructure in ducting. Cornwall with its higher proportion of FTTP than any other county in the UK has a strong mix of overhead and ducted FTTP. We have visited some overhead FTTP areas in Cornwall previously and the installs are generally neat and nothing like the spiders web that you sometimes see abroad.
The local Cornish press has covered a story where residents are unhappy about a new 11m pole placed in the verge on their cul-de-sac, complaining about the lack of consulation and the obstruction the pole represents. We are not the first to cover the erection of the pole, but waited till we had checked with Openreach that this was linked to a FTTP roll-out in the street.
The new pole looks out of place, but that is because many of the properties have their telephone lines running from poles to the rear of the properties and thus these poles are in the sight line of people higher up the terracing.
The street currently has no ducting suitable for delivery of an FTTP service we have been informed and overhead was considered the best solution and with poles already present in the area we would suggest it should not be too shocking.
The area is not one of the slowest parts of Cornwall, as postcode checks suggest speeds in the 7 to 11 Mbps from ADSL2+ services for the 25 or so properties, but as Cornwall is aiming for 95% FTTC/P coverage fairly large villages like Newlyn will be getting upgrades and a good number reading this article would jump at the chance of native FTTP, which means the same pricing as FTTC services, but with the option of download speeds all the way up to 330 Mbps if you want to pay a bit more.
Maybe the Superfast Cornwall project could have consulted, but if it had to do this for every pavement chamber, cabinet and telegraph pole the project costs would rise dramatically as would timeframe for roll-out. Some may value the view more, but with plenty of research showing that people are willing to pay more for a property with faster broadband it may actually increase the value of a property. We are pretty sure when electricity first started appearing in homes, people opposed it as they believed it was too dangerous.