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Virgin Media FTTH coming to Chatteris

Virgin Media FTTH – Chatteris

Updated 21 Nov 17 – To map of Virgin Media Street Cabinets

virginAs part of Connecting Cambridgeshire Virgin Media and BT are rolling out super fast broadband.compareI currently use TalkTalk Fibre to the Cabinet, this the same as BT Infinity, SKY, Plusnet etc, this means a fibre optic cable is brought from the local exchange to a street cabinet, from this the existing telephone copper cable is used for  broadband and phone, depending how close you are to the cabinet will determine how fast your broadband is, in may case, I get a maximum speed of 62.79Mbps download, 17.34Mbps Upload and a Ping time of 17.34ms which is probably the best I can get (using Speedtest 15/11/17 @ 18:00).

Diagram showing how FTTH is just that.

I was delighted when I saw that the Virgin Media cable enabling works was scheduled for installation  via Roadworks.org, bringing upto 300Mb speeds to Chatteris, so I thought I’d start this blog.

map

The infrastructure in my area was due to start on 4 August 17, expecting to last until the 14 August and I registered my interest in advance  using Cable My Street.

Timeline of my installation:
  • June 17,  Virgin Media (VM) started FTTH works in Chatteris.
  • 23 October 17, VM started trenching in Farriers Gate outside Glebelands school.
  • 24 October 17Letter pushed through the door from VM
  • 25 October 17, Trenching and Toby installed.
  • 26 October 17, Trench tarmaced and construction barriers removed.
  • 5 November 17, I buried 20mm conduit from Toby to house wall and included a draw cord.

The infrastructure work was carried out very swiftly and with minimal mess considering the civil work required, the works was undertaken during school holidays to minimise any disruption, the crew were respectful of any request to get on and off the drive, also in my case I wanted the  ‘Toby’ to be in a particular position, this wasn’t a problem and on the pictures below you can see the original point marking has been crossed out, and the new position marked as a red box.

VM installing my Toby

Timelapse video of Virgin Media installing FTTH infrastructure.

The latest update on advance planning is: FEN 16-30 Nov

Novembers planned works

Details on how the Virgin Media infrastructure is installed (for developers but a great resource) is HERE (large file).

The system we are getting from Virgin uses RF over Glass, with the infrastructure being installed by John Henry Group. This comprises of a fibre optic cable laid in a trench which is blown through a microduct tube from the nearest cabinet to the home after your order is placed.

Microbore duct and coupler compaered to a 5p coin

 

 

 

The image shows the two sort of microduct which are being installed, It looks like the plain green microduct is used from the street cabinet to each properties termination points in the pavement,  with the striped microduct being used to carry fibre from L3 cabinet to L4 cabinet or VHUB data to L3/L4 cabinets.

The image below shows the microduct couplings in use within a pavement trench. Picture taken at the junction of Dock Road and Bridges Street.

Standards for reinstatement can be found HERE.

.Marker tape

The marker tape which is put over the buried Virgin Media infrastructure and serves two purposes, the first is to allow detection using a Cable Avoidance Tool (CAT), the marker tape has two metal wires bonded to it, so the route of the tape can be found and traced from the surface without excavation, the second purpose is to warn that you are about to unearth or hit cables should you be digging.

VMSDI Level 4 Open Cabinet Picture – undergoing second-fix.

VMSD1i – 535 W x 985 H x 330 D Distribution Cabinet 1 per 48 Homes (when used as L4)1 per 512 Homes (When used as L3) – Cabinet found locked in the open position 5/11/17

Click Map Pin on the corner of Ash Grove and High Street for more images of cabinet AF0113.

One of the towns two VMVH1 Nodal Cabinets
Newly installed VMVH1 – 1800 W x 1700 H x 650 D Nodal Cabinet (Virtual Hub)1 per 3000 Homes Approx.

Inside VMVH1 supply pillar:-

Permission asked of roadworkers to take pictures, cabinet unlocked and open 18 Nov 17

Within the distribution board above is a smart RCD from tii-technologies which is rather clever as it performs regular operational self tests to avoid the need for a person to visit the cabinet to do them.

End of Line Termination Boxes
Standard Toby dimensions are on page 14 here.
Different type of termination box, for use on lanes without a pavement.

From the street termination box, a microduct coupling is used to extend the duct from the street cabinet to your outside wall, the fibre once blown through is connected to a media converter within the externally mounted Omnibox

The  media converter changes the fibres optical pulses of light into electrical data which a coaxial cable then takes to the Super Hub 3 Router and connectivity to the internet.

25m cassette of single mode fibre, pre-terminated, up to 500m in increments of 25m can be used.

This configuration will give data transfer speeds of up to 300Mbps, a basic outline of how it connects together is below –

In advance of Virgin installing the infrastructure in the street I have put a conduit through the wall into a dry lining box with a blank please and installed a length of 20mm flexible conduit from the pavement Toby to the house wall, bit premature, but hey ho :-)

Links to latest and archived Planning Permissions:
Project Lightning Chatteris Roll Out Map:      

The Pin map shows the position of street cabinets:

  • RED pins are Street Cabinets;
  • PURPLE pins are Main Node locations;
  • WHITE pins are work in progress.

Clicking on the pins will show the latest images I have.

Icons made by Smashicons from www.flaticon.com is licensed by CC 3.0 BY

 

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Albert Way24 Jul 17
11-Aug-17
10-Oct-1730-Oct-17
Angoods Lane05-Jun-1730-Jun-17
Anvil Close24-Aug-1707-Sep-17
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Ash Grove9 Jun 17
29 Jul 17
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Augustus Way04-Sep-1712-Sep-17
12 Oct 1726 Oct 17
Beckett Way1 Sept 17
8 Sept 17
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Birch Avenue24-Oct-1713-Nov-17
Birch Close03-Nov-1716-Nov-17
Black Horse Lane08-Aug-1721-Aug-17
Blackmill Road26-Oct-1708-Nov-17
Blackthorn Close21-Nov-1729-Nov-17
Boadicea Court08-Aug-1716-Aug-17
10-Oct-1724-Oct-17
Bridge Street28-Jun-1701-Aug-17
12-Aug-1718-Sep-17
18-Sep-1713-Oct-17
Briar Close09-Nov-1715-Nov-17
Bridle Close01-Sep-1714-Sep-17
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Burnsfield Estate10-Oct-1716-Oct-17
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Burnsfield Street02-Oct-1713-Oct-17
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Chantry Close08-Sep-1715-Sep-17
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Chapel Lane10-Jul-1721-Jul-17
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24-Nov-1721-Dec-17
Church Lane30-Oct-1713-Nov-17
22-Nov-1706-Dec-17
Church Walk02-Oct-1710-Oct-17
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Clare Street09-Oct-1723-Oct-17
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Coxs Lane08-Jul-1712-Jul-17
24-Nov-1707-Dec-17
Cricketers Way23-Oct-1706-Nov-17
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Curlew Avenue07-Jul-1718-Jul-17
29-Sep-1719-Oct-17
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Cygnet Drive24-Jul-1704-Aug-17
Dock Road24-Jul-1725-Aug-17
06-Nov-1720-Nov-17
Doddington Road31-Aug-1714-Sep-17
08-Jun-1705-Jun-17
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Drake Avenue30-Jun-1713-Jul-17
East Park Street14-Aug-1722-Aug-17
Eastbourne Close18-Oct-1724-Oct-17
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East bourne Road10-Nov-1730-Nov-17
Eastwood06-Jul-1723-Aug-17
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Eden Crescent09-Oct-1717-Oct-17
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Elder Place17-Nov-1723-Nov-17
Farriers Gate04-Aug-1714-Aug-17
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Fairway24-Nov-1709-Jan-18
Fairview Crecent28-Nov-1704-Dec-17
Fairview Drive27-Nov-1722-Dec-17
Fairview Gardens22-Nov-1728-Nov-17
Fairbairn Way10-Nov-1721-Nov-17
Fen View10-Nov-1716-Nov-17
Fenland Way24-Jul-1711-Aug-17
09-Jun-1729-Jun-17
Furrowfields Road27-Jul-1710-Aug-17
04-Oct-1718-Oct-17
Gibside Avenue17-Nov-1727-Nov-17
Gipson Close26-Jun-1730-Jun-17
Glebe Close23-Oct-1730-Oct-17
Green Park31-Aug-1713-Sep-17
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Gull Way07-Jun-1704-Jul-17
Harold Heading Close13-Nov-1721-Nov-17
Haighs Close12-Oct-1726-Oct-17
21-Nov-1705-Dec-17
Hazel Close13-Nov-1717-Nov-17
Heronshaw27-Jul-1703-Aug-17
High Street21-Jul-1731-Jul-17
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Hilda Clarke Close23-Oct-1727-Oct-17
Horsegate Gardens15-Sep-1705-Oct-17
Hunters Close11-Sep-1719-Sep-17
09-Oct-1723-Oct-17
Huntingdon Road04-Sep-1706-Oct-17
James Gage Close14-Nov-1722-Nov-17
Juniper Drive31-Aug-1713-Sep-17
09-Oct-1723-Oct-17
King Edward Road03-Aug-1709-Aug-17
06-Nov-1720-Nov-17
Kingfisher Close30-Jun-1713-Jul-17
Larham Way22-Jun-1705-Jul-17
Linden Drive02-Oct-1720-Oct-17
Lindsells Walk07-Sep-1720-Sep-17
12-Oct-1726-Oct-17
Lode Way06-Jul-1709-Aug-17
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06-Nov-1720-Nov-17
London Road05-Oct-1701-Nov-17
05-Oct-1710-Nov-17
16-Oct-1710-Nov-17
18-Oct-1714-Nov-17
Mallard Close02-Oct-1716-Oct-17
Marian Way20-Nov-1708-Dec-17
Mayfly Close13-Nov-1724-Nov-17
Market Hill28-Jul-1707-Aug-17
30-Oct-1713-Nov-17
Meadow Close01-Nov-1709-Nov-17
Millfield Close06-Nov-1714-Nov-17
New Road14-Jul-1710-Aug-17
27-Jul-1709-Aug-17
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21-Aug-1704-Sep-17
12-Oct-1715-Nov-17
Newlands Road25-Aug-1715-Sep-17
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16-Oct-1703-Oct-17
Old Auction Yard15-Aug-1721-Aug-17
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Park Street03-Oct-1710-Oct-17
10-Oct-1724-Oct-17
Plover Close03-Jul-1714-Jul-17
Pound Road12-Jul-1725-Jul-17
24-Nov-1714-Dec-17
Quaker Way03-Jul-1714-Jul-17
Queensway11-Aug-1701-Sep-17
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19-Oct-1708-Nov-17
Railway Lane24-Aug-1707-Sep-17
28-Sep-1725-Oct-17
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Ravenscroft22-Aug-1730-Aug-17
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Reed Close28-Nov-1721-Nov-17
Saddlers Way29-Aug-1704-Sep-17
Slade Way28-Aug-1704-Sep-17
12-Oct-1726-Oct-17
21-Nov-1705-Dec-17
South Park Street26-Aug-1708-Sep-17
17-Oct-1702-Nov-17
St Francis Drive11-Sep-1726-Sep-17
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23-Oct-1710-Nov-17
St James Close21-Aug-1730-Aug-17
26-Sep-1709-Oct-17
19-Oct-1702-Nov-17
St Martins Road08-Sep-1712-Oct-17
27-Sep-1710-Oct-17
30-Oct-1713-Nov-17
St Pauls Drive18-Aug-1707-Sep-17
St Peters Drive28-Aug-1725-Sep-17
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19-Oct-1715-Nov-17
St Stephens Drive18-Aug-1701-Sep-17
09-Oct-1723-Oct-17
18-Oct-1701-Nov-17
Station Road11-Oct-1725-Oct-17
13-Oct-1727-Oct-17
Station Street15-Aug-1705-Sep-17
28-Aug-1707-Sep-17
11-Sep-1722-Sep-17
06-Oct-1712-Oct-17
06-Oct-1720-Oct-17
20-Oct-1703-Nov-17
Southampton Place13-Nov-1701-Dec-17
Teal Close17-Jul-1728-Jul-17
Tern Gardens
The Elms10-Nov-1714-Dec-17
The Hawthorns06-Sep-1719-Sep-17
12-Oct-1726-Oct-17
The Shrubbery02-Nov-1715-Nov-17
The Orchards06-Sep-1726-Sep-17
03-Oct-1723-Oct-17
09-Oct-1727-Oct-17
Tithe Road08-Sep-1712-Oct-17
Treeway20-Sep-1710-Oct-17
Tribune Close20-Oct-1702-Nov-17
Victoria Street18-Aug-1708-Sep-17
13-Oct-1702-Nov-17
Waterfields07-Nov-1713-Nov-17
Wenny Road31-Aug-1725-Oct-17
09-Oct-1724-Oct-17
20-Oct-1703-Nov-17
Wesley Drive28-Aug-1711-Sep-17
06-Nov-1720-Nov-17
West End Close24-Nov-1730-Nov-17
West Street20-Nov-1722-Dec-17
West Park Street29-Sep-1717-Oct-17
19-Oct-1706-Nov-17
Westbourne Close07-Nov-1713-Nov-17
Westbourne Road10-Nov-1707-Dec-17
10-Nov-1707-Dec-17
20-Nov-1715-Dec-17
Whitemill Road07-Nov-1704-Dec-17
Willow Tree Close02-Oct-1706-Oct-17
13-Nov-1715-Nov-17
27-Nov-1711-Dec-17
Wimpole Street16-Oct-1730-Oct-17
Winsor Close20-Oct-1703-Nov-17
Wood Street01-Aug-1721-Aug-17
04-Sep-1712-Sep-17
23-Oct-1717-Nov-17
Woodside26-Oct-1703-Nov-17
York Road03-Oct-1723-Oct-17

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