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Fibre from the pole or underground

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Hi everybody, just curious, I've seen virgin media installing their services on the telegraph poles, feeding cables to people's bungalows on my culde-sac, however my bungalow and others are fed underground by a BT slab in the pavement for landline (copper) (from the pole under the road to slab)

Would they install with a over head cable to fit fibre which we don't have overhead on my side of the street or would they want go dig my driveway up (which I don't really want as it's just been done(tarmac)

Anyone had a similar query?


Thanks scotty


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Technically they could do either. In reality VM will use existing Openreach infrastructure and unlikely to install a new pole. Are you sure there isn’t an Openreach duct to your house already? If so, they’ll probably use that.

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In some new fibre areas VM are now using Openreach owned infrastructure to carry their fibres. So whatever infrastructure serves your property will be utilised, whether overhead or underground.

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Under something known as PIA Openreach is required to permit operators such as VM to use Openreach's ducts and poles. So, in a small number of cases VM has in the past few years exercised this right in its fibre areas to run its fibre to premises.

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