the opennet fibre-optic installation experience

19 Mar

the optical fibre is really thin. like a strand of hair.

folks from opennet came by to fix up the fibre optic in my flat last weekend.

a tech working on the opennet box outside the flat.

a couple of dudes in the purple opennet uniform turned up with their gear and trunking for the fibre optic cable and surveyed my living room a little before suggesting where the trunking for the cable trunking should run.

i was surprised that they didn’t choose to use my existing wire trunking (like they did for a buddy of mine) as the fibre optic cable seemed thin enough to fit. getting it in without opening up the existing trunking would be difficult though.

will let the photos do the rest of the talking.

worksmanship is rough at best. don't expect too much.

no drilling or hammering involved when mounting the new trunking. only mounting tape. the only drilling done is for mounting the cable point box at the spot of your choosing.


chipped paint as they had to open up the trunking to access the cable coming in from outside. given the size of the cable, i thought it was overkill to have cut such a big hole on the side of my existing trunking. would have stopped the chap if i knew the hole was only meant for the cable. -_-;


after the cabling is done and cable point set up, another guy comes in with this very high-tech-looking box.

it is used to fuse together ends of optical fibres.

it looked like a very delicate process.

i only noticed that the new trunking did not run right next to the existing trunking later. don't be shy about telling them the exact route where you want the trunking to run.

this is how the insides of the cable point look when completed.

i'm guessing this is where the signal is being tested to ensure that the installation was successful.

after they were done, the crew asked for a broom and dustpan to clean up any mess they left behind, an offer which i appreciated but did not accept.

would love to be an early adopter and subscribe to a fibre optic broadband plan but i still got a year to go in my current starhub contract. ;_;

so here’s my advice when your turn comes for the free first 15 metres fibre optic installation:

  • i know you shouldn’t be too picky when something is free, but do take charge of the installation and specify exactly where you want the fibre optic/trunking to run, within reasonable limits of course. these guys have a schedule to keep to.
  • stop them immediately and ask if you have no idea what they are doing. you might be able to offer alternatives that would result in a tidier installation. for example, if i had known the cut they made at the side of my existing trunking was only for the cable to pass through, i would have told them to use the drill which they brought to make a small hole instead. the “bridge” over the existing trunking could have been avoided the same way.

One Response to “the opennet fibre-optic installation experience”

  1. xB March 20, 2011 at 12:50 am #

    I agree their work were indeed rough, but its free.

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