New Openreach tool less master socket appearing shortly
The existing NTE5 master socket has been around for a decade and the rise of tool less connectors has made it into this arena with the news that the new NTE5C will be standard kit by the end of summer 2016.
For the curious there is a set of user instructions that show the new socket and its accompanying MK 4 VDSL filter that also has tool less IDC connectors. The back part will obviously still use screws to fit the wall box, but after that the faceplates and wiring are all tool less.
"We’ve informed all communication providers about the new socket and used extensive feedback from engineers and customers to design it.
Our goal is to enhance customer service. So, when a customer calls about a fault and is asked to check their own wiring, they won’t have to crawl about on their hands and knees using a screwdriver to detach the front cover.
The new socket will be standard issue by the end of the summer. Openreach will replace the NTE socket in the majority of customer visits, but replacement of all sockets is also under consideration.
The new design means that faceplates can be easily removed and replaced which makes it easy for customers to self-install a new faceplate if needed. This could greatly reduce engineers’ visits to customersCarl McCullagh is an operational readiness manager for Openreach
The new design means that people who obtained their own interstitial VDSL/ADSL faceplate will need a new one if the NTE5C is fitted, and we presume that Openreach would simply fit a MK4 faceplate at the same time as any visit where a new NTE5C was installed. There is apparently what would be a mammoth undertaking to replace all existing sockets with the new NTE5C, which obviously would take some time given the 33 million phone lines in the UK, but would be a great opportunity to resolve many of the wiring issues that affect ADSL/ADSL2+ and VDSL2 connections, i.e. fixing the spiders web of wiring that has evolved since everyone could fit their own extensions.