SU5024 : Openreach manhole in Mare Lane

taken 10 months ago, near to Morestead, Hampshire, Great Britain

Openreach manhole in Mare Lane
Openreach manhole in Mare Lane
Showing Emtelle type 4283 subduct (the black tube with yellow stripe) being pushed through an existing duct. These ancient GPO manhole covers had not been opened for many years and in some cases were six inches below ground level.
Fibre optics comes to Owslebury telephone exchange :: SU5123
There was no fibre optics running to Owslebury telephone exchange, and internet backhaul was provided via an SHF radio link to Winchester. Beginning in August 2017 Openreach began unearthing the very old manhole covers running from Hazeley Road via Mare Lane and Whites Hill to Owslebury telephone exchange. Fibre optic cables were already present in Hazeley Road and it was intended to run them to the Owslebury exchange. However, collapsed ducts were found and it was necessary to arrange the closure of Mare Lane and Whites Hill. This took six months! In January 2018 subcontractors Morrison Utility Services were employed first to install monobore subduct tubing, and then to blow fibres through it. At last the exchange was connected to the outside world by fibre!

Meanwhile Openreach had reconfigured the large number of Exchange Only lines in Main Road and its offshoots to be serviced via a new cabinet installed directly outside the telephone exchange. This cabinet was numbered 4, despite there being, as far as I know, no cabinet numbered 3. Owslebury cabinet 4 went live on March 1st 2018, offering VDSL speeds to most of the village.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 30 January, 2018   (more nearby)
Sunday, 18 March, 2018
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Communications 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 5060 2450 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:1.0594N 1:16.8005W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 5060 2450
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