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Topic # 195003 2-Apr-2016 15:10
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I live in a small block of units which has just this week had fibre installed. I'm a tenant so haven't been involved in the install process. Before I contact an ISP to arrange for an internal install I just wanted to make sure that the external install is actually finished. I was expecting an ETP that looked like this to be installed on the exterior of our flat. Instead there's this bad boy at the front end of the block, and a pipe running along the exterior of the block with a small box at each unit (this).


Is this install done, or is there another step that I should wait for before I request an interior install?


Follow-up question: if that box is the connection point, it's been installed directly behind a heat pump. Is that a problem, or can the installers route around and go through the wall in a different place?

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  Reply # 1524671 2-Apr-2016 15:54
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Hi Allio


The FTB (Fibre Termination Box) in the first photo is only installed (if required) when the actual individual fibre service s are installed (and normaly only on SDU (Single Dwelling Unit) installs or when required on MDUs to change cable types [internal/external] or the integration with copper services)


The Second photo is of what is know as a FAT (Fibre Access Terminal) and this type of terminal is used to extend the communal network up to a MDU (Multi Dwelling Unit) once (instead of multiple times) for the current & all the possible future connection requests.


The third photo is of just a junction box on the conduiting around the walls (mainly for access to the conduit) and can be jointed to with future conduiting/flexi to provide a pathway to where the actual fibre cable from the FAT to the ONT has to go. eg up/down and through walls etc -


There will be no cabling installed in the conduiting work unit the actual install.


By the looks of the photos the MDU building-out looks complete and ready to go. Whether it can be used now depends on if the records have been loaded for it yet but that shouldn't stop you requesting service anyway as your address would have already been in the yes group (with a minor block for the MDU build-out) when the original communal network was built down your street.

















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  Reply # 1524672 2-Apr-2016 15:54
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 There is no ETF in many apartment style setups - fibre will be run from the FAT (in your photo) to each apartment via the conduit that's been put in place.



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  Reply # 1524674 2-Apr-2016 15:56
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Fantastic, thank you both. That answers that. Off to request an install, then :)

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