How full fibre is deployed in Bucharest much faster than UK
On a trip to Bucharest for a short break I was surprised to see so many apartment buildings and telecoms poles with masses of fibre strung up on them. What follows is some pictures taken while walking around the centre of Bucharest and some fibre running alongside the road between Henri Coandă International Airport and the city centre.
I think it is safe to say if any of these pictures were in the UK that these installations would only have lasted as long as it took for the council to insist that the installation was removed. So when people complain that full fibre roll-outs are slow and expensive in the UK it is worth remembering when comparing the pace and cost to other countries that what we find acceptable in terms of deployment can be very different to other countries.
What the pictures don't really show is that in some places there is broken fibre hanging down onto the pavement and in one location what was possibly an active fibre strand near to some Government buildings was open to the elements.
There is overhead fibre in the UK and while we know that during the build phase some telephone poles can have a coil of fibre hanging on them once the install has been built this is tidied up and for the few feet from ground level up guards to stop animal damage are fitted, and for fibre runs through trees there is down an additional protective sleeve to make the cable resistant to rubbing.