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# 205794 27-Nov-2016 14:57
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Is the attached image of telco equipment on power poles of my area of Devonport part of the UFB network build?


I have been out of NZ for two years. UFB was put in our street while we were away, but my son said he never saw any sign of civil works eg trenching or horizontal boring. Nor are there any obvious new inspection hatches in the pavement.


But these black boxes on the power poles that have normal copper landlines distributed from them, do appear to be new since we had been out of NZ.


I have successfully applied for UFB to be installed and all consents are in place. Chorus tell me it is waiting on some small amount of network building to take place street side before they run the fibre down my driveway.


The Chorus lady could not explain to me what the street side network build would be given fibre is supposedly in the street, so I wondered if it was taking a fibre cable from these black boxes and then running it down the power pole and then running down my driveway (Chorus have already confirmed the installation plan for down the driveway which is a combination of bury and micro cut through concrete).






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  # 1678319 27-Nov-2016 15:07
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It is, yes. Also looks like there's already a UFB line to an address connected to it.


Fibre Access Terminal is the term, I believe. Contains a bunch of fibres, and the cables from houses are joined inside to the cables heading back to the OLTs.

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  # 1678323 27-Nov-2016 15:19
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Ah, thanks. For some reason I thought fibre was all being undergrounded.


So even the old copper wires connect to these fibre power pole boxes?


Given these are on a power pole and my current copper cable is strung from the power pole to the house, why were Chorus happy to u/g my fibre down my driveway (about 35m). I thought they would have gone for cheap option and just strung it from the power pole - especially since you have confirmed the fibre infrastructure is already up the pole.




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  # 1678327 27-Nov-2016 15:25
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They're separate from the copper infrastructure as far as I'm aware, and have seen.

Regarding installation methods for the lead in cable at your place, I can't say. Chorus work in mysterious ways.

Would be nice if they'd do some of such work on my street. They've stopped a few hundred metres short however.

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  # 1678600 28-Nov-2016 06:09
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Chorus prefer underground installation as it's more robust and thus cheaper in the long term. In a strong storm literally thousands of lines get broken and you have crews for weeks reconnecting lines.
More cost upfront means savings down the line as your staff costs are never going to get cheaper.

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  # 1678642 28-Nov-2016 09:51
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We have our fibre coming from one of those boxes on the pole.


It goes underground from the pole to our house though. The old copper did as well though.

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  # 1678651 28-Nov-2016 10:09
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I have just had a better look at the power poles this morning.




Indeed the copper is seperate to the fibre, just shares some of the same stringing hooks etc which made it look as if it was coming from the fibre box.




What I do note though is three of our neighbours have fibre, they are all street frontage and in all cases the fibre is just strung overhead to the house.




We are down a driveway, and even though our copper is strung from a power pole, the approved Chorus plan for our fibre is u/g down our driveway - which is great, excellent in fact.




It maybe because stringing the fibre overhead would have needed neighbour consent as our copper crosses a neighbours property on it's route through the air from the power pole.

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