Virgin Media FTTH – Chatteris
Phased civils started in June 2017 and by 12 January 2018 first subscriber activated.
Virgin Media to Chatteris
I 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).
I was delighted when I saw that the Virgin Media cable enabling works was scheduled for installation via Roadworks.org, bringing up to 300Mb speeds to Chatteris, so I thought I’d start this blog.
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 17 , Letter pushed through the door from VM
- 25 October 17, Trenching and Toby installed.
- 26 October 17, Trench tarmacked 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.
Time lapse video of Virgin Media installing FTTH infrastructure.
The latest update on advance planning is: FEN 16 – 31 Jan
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.
The image above 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. Top picture taken at the junction of Dock Road and Bridges Street, bottom picture taken by the library shows a larger 16mm OD striped microduct, I think this takes multicore fibre optical cables from the hub to the L3 cabinets.
Larger size microduct and coupling, (possibly for a multicore fibre, rather than a single fibre?).
Standards for reinstatement can be found HERE.
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.
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
Inside VMVH1 supply pillar:-
Within the distribution board above is a smart RCD from Tii-Tech 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. This write up from Gewiss explains how they work.
End of Line Termination Boxes
TOBY for use on footpaths, contains one microduct.
Highway installed termination box (contains more than one microduct).
Highway installed termination box (contains one microduct).
Highway installed termination box (contains one microduct).
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.
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:
- FEN 1-15th May
- FEN 1-15 Jun
- FEN 16-30 Jun
- FEN 1-15 Jul
- FEN 16-31 Jul
- FEN 1-15 Aug
- FEN 16-31 Aug
- FEN 1-15 Sept
- FEN 16-30 Sept
- FEN 1-15 Oct
- FEN 16-30 Oct
- FEN 1-15 Nov
- FEN 16-30 Nov
- FEN 1-15 Dec
- FEN 16 – 31 Dec
Project Lightning Chatteris Roll Out Map:
The Pin map shows the position of street cabinets:
- GREEN pins are completed Street Cabinets (identifier stenciled on cabinet);
- RED pins are installed 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.
|St Francis Drive||Cabinet||52.45656719921685, 0.05488474387675524|
St Francis Drive
|Blackmill Road||To Photograph||52.44510398114509,0.04354233155027032|
|South Park Street||Cabinet||52.45162974492057,0.04827716387808323|
South Park Street
|New Road - Middle||Cabinet||52.45731413104696,0.06130327004939318|
|New Road - Top||Cabinet||52.45742573048203,0.06275036372244358|
|AF0304 Slade Way||Finished Cabinet||52.45833235687413,0.047755432315170765|
|AF0302 & AF0303 Slade Way||Finished Cabinet||52.4582424662961,0.04716802854090929|
|AF0501 - St Peters Drive||Finished Cabinet||52.45625338600299, 0.053717982955276966|
St Peters Drive
|AF03 High Street||Finished Cabinet||52.45652937728379,0.04874849924817681|
|AF0311 Wesley Drive||Finished Cabinet||52.45801015448342,0.05575979361310601|
Highway termination box
|AF0305 Lindsells Walk||Finished Cabinet||52.4572340448707,0.049254787154495716|
|AF0507 - New Road||Finished Cabinet||52.456626626320876,0.051002895925194025|
|AF0301 Ravencroft||Finished Cabinet||52.45917055214363,0.046117252204567194|
|AF05 - New Road||Finished Cabinet||52.45672877843942,0.05324254045262933|
|Park Street||To Photograph||52.45388010116374,0.049190414138138294|
Work commenced 26 Oct 17 completed 3 Nov 17
|AF0307 Curlew Avenue||Finished Cabinet||52.458205335304854,0.05174257792532444|
|AF0310 Augustus Way||Finished Cabinet||52.458938883645615,0.054393208120018244|
|AF0101 & AF0102 Doddington Road||Finished Cabinet||52.46805554397529,0.03911750391125679|
|AF0103 Doddington Road||Finished Cabinet||52.465405812381725,0.04259088076651096|
|AF0308 Mallard Close||Finished Cabinet||52.4582530897376,0.05069245118647814|
|AF0110 Latham Way||Finished Cabinet||52.457632839896824,0.043042791076004505|
|AF0109 Marritt Close||Finished Cabinet||52.45874631083253, 0.04325070418417454|
|AF0111 Quaker Way||Finished Cabinet||52.45782779255462,0.04492976702749729|
|AF0112 Ash Grove||Finished Cabinet||52.4576325845221,0.0467403419315815|
|AF0607 Horsegate Gardens||Finished Cabinet||52.455337829300376,0.044648218899965286|
|AF0603 Horsegate Gardens||Finished Cabinet||52.45536398103069,0.04503445699810982|
|AF0605 Station Street||Finished Cabinet||52.45433935279353,0.047861672937870026|
|AF0601 Horsegate Gardens||Finished Cabinet||52.455552661218405,0.047440314665436745|
|AF0206 - Gull Way||Finished Cabinet||52.46061546495731,0.048162080347537994|
|AF0607 Station Street||Finished Cabinet||52.453881684622154,0.04417095333337784|
|AF0209 Drake Avenue||Finished Cabinet||52.460298922714486,0.0496611837297678|
|AF0104 Bridge Street||Finished Cabinet||52.461956071200554,0.04530527628958225|
|AF0203 Lode Way||Finished Cabinet||52.4618248723383,0.04829992074519396|
|AF02 Lode Way||Finished Cabinet||52.46154868443245,0.04892755765467882|
|AF0204 Kingfisher Close||Finished Cabinet||52.46205739383792,0.05023517645895481|
|AF0205 Lode Way||Finished Cabinet||52.461073573853504,0.049655819311738014|
|AF01 Angoods Lane||Finished Cabinet||52.46030219131336,0.04400172270834446|
|AF0208 Tern Gardens||Finished Cabinet||52.459815167410554,0.04806795157492161|
|AF0108 Angoods Lane||Finished Cabinet||52.45954014157026,0.04322249908000231|
|AF0106 Angoods Lane||Finished Cabinet||52.460512555781456, 0.04489619750529528|
|AF0107 Angoods Lane||Finished Cabinet||52.460576752749645,0.04488685168325901|
|AF0202 Dock Road||Finished Cabinet||52.4618248723383,0.045861792750656605|
|AF0201 Bridge Street||Finished Cabinet||52.46119078155108,0.045134914107620716|
|AF0207 Black Horse Lane||Finished Cabinet||52.46029356016901,0.045218062587082386|
The cabinet backs onto a Grade 2 listed house and a black one was requested as it matches the surrounds a lot better than a grey one. A point to note is that the ground level in the house is lower than the pavement. The contractors started digging up in front of one of the windows put a grey cabinet and it was a foot above the bottom of the window and as the house is lower inside when you looked out the top of the cabinet was eye height. The owners asked if they could move it down the street more which they did but then backfield the hole they dug with hardcore they took out and left it. With have requested several times for last 2/3 months if it can be re-tarmac to stop water running into the house which is going to collect there.
12 Nov 17, ground under window not restored.
Black Horse Lane
|AF0309 St Stephens Drive||Finished Cabinet||52.45916914763152,0.05403582472354174|
St Stephens Drive
|AF0210 Gull Way||Finished Cabinet||52.45994218433571,0.04969332832843065|
|AF0211 Furrowfields Road||Finished Cabinet||52.4591189426775,0.04989990033209324|
|AF0113 High Street||Finished Cabinet||52.45769979910717,0.04722867161035538|
|AF06 & AF0604 Station Street||Finished Cabinet||52.454221667146655,0.046456195414066315|
|East Park Street||Cabinet||52.45278326160457,0.05068335682153702|
East Park Street
|VMVH1 Nodal Cabinet Eastwood||Main Cabinet||52.44843322921627,0.049964357167482376|
VMVH1 – 1800 W x 1700 H x 650 D Nodal Cabinet (Virtual Hub)1 per 3000 homes.
I asked permission of the road workers before I took the picture, the cabinet was unlocked and open.
Cabinet in the locked open position 18 Nov 17
|VMVH1 Nodal Cabinet Furrowfields Road||Main Cabinet||52.45850483958044, 0.04997299511160236|
Work Commenced 14 May 17
Smaller cabinet is for electrical metering.
|AF0312 St Pauls Drive||Finished Cabinet||52.45786374914649,0.05437650717794895|
Work commenced 28 Aug 17
St Pauls Drive
|AF0313 St Pauls Drive||Finished Cabinet||52.45696809438717,0.054993415251374245|
Work commenced 28 Aug 17
St Pauls Drive
|Road||Start Date||Finish Date|
|Albert Way||24 Jul 17||11-Aug-17|
|Ash Grove||9 Jun 17||29 Jul 17
12 Oct 17
26 Oct 17
|Beckett Way||1 Sept 17||8 Sept 17
|Black Horse Lane||08-Aug-17||21-Aug-17|
|East Park Street||14-Aug-17||22-Aug-17|
|East bourne Road||10-Nov-17||30-Nov-17|
|Harold Heading Close||13-Nov-17||21-Nov-17|
|Hilda Clarke Close||23-Oct-17||27-Oct-17|
|James Gage Close||14-Nov-17||22-Nov-17|
|King Edward Road||03-Aug-17||09-Aug-17|
|Old Auction Yard||15-Aug-17||21-Aug-17|
|South Park Street||26-Aug-17||08-Sep-17|
|St Francis Drive||11-Sep-17||26-Sep-17|
|St James Close||21-Aug-17||30-Aug-17|
|St Martins Close||13-Dec-17||29-Dec-17|
|St Martins Road||08-Sep-17||12-Oct-17|
|St Pauls Drive||18-Aug-17||07-Sep-17|
|St Peters Drive||28-Aug-17||25-Sep-17|
|St Stephens Drive||18-Aug-17||01-Sep-17|
|West End Close||24-Nov-17||30-Nov-17|
|West Park Street||29-Sep-17||17-Oct-17|
|Willow Tree Close||02-Oct-17||06-Oct-17|