FTTC spells far-too-tall-and-chunky for BT in London trials

10 Aug 2009

According to The Register, British fixed line incumbent BT is facing a stumbling block in its efforts to trial fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) technology in the Muswell Hill suburb in London. Following complaints from residents that the new cabinets being installed by the telco are too large and ugly, Haringey Council has restricted BT from installing any more equipment in the area. Commenting on the issue, Mike Snowdon, a Haringey Council spokesman, said: ‘There were objections from a number of people and organisations, including the Conservation Area Advisory Committee. Officers have already met BT and their agents, following the refusal of the applications, and will be meeting them again to discuss possible alternative sites for some of the installations, to see if there is a way forward.’ BT has noted that most of its trial equipment has already been deployed and was active, but has indicated it may move forward plans to trial the service in other regions, including Edinburgh, Glasgow or Manchester; it has also said it is still in negotiations with Haringey Council with a view to reaching a solution.

United Kingdom, BT Group (incl. Openreach)