SU5023 : Manhole on Whites Hill

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

Manhole on Whites Hill
Manhole on Whites Hill
Showing Emtelle type 4283 sub-duct mono-bore 5 tubing already installed from lower down the hill, and awaiting joining to another tube being pushed down from higher up the hill. Note that all the cabling is underwater here. For wider view see LinkExternal link
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
Thursday, 1 February, 2018   (more nearby)
Sunday, 18 March, 2018
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Communications 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 5086 2352 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:0.5294N 1:16.5863W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 5086 2352
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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