SU5123 : Installing fibre optic cable in Whites Hill

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

Installing fibre optic cable in Whites Hill
Installing fibre optic cable in Whites Hill
Subcontractors Morrison Utility Services pushing Emtelle type 4283 sub-duct mono-bore 5 tubing into existing Openreach ducting. The installation method was simply to push it by hand until an obstruction was met. If it could not be cleared by pushing and rodding, it was occasionally necessary to dig down, clear the obstruction and install a split duct to make good the ducting.
Fibre optics comes to Owslebury telephone exchange
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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Thursday, 1 February, 2018   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 18 March, 2018
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Lowlands  Communications 
Primary Subject of Photo
Telecommunications 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 5102 2328 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:0.3990N 1:16.4515W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 5101 2330
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