How a real life fibre-to-the-home installation looks

Vumatel is rolling out fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) in many suburbs around the country, offering speeds of up to 1Gbps to subscribers.

The first homes in Parkhurst received access to a Gigabit per second Vumatel fibre connection on 28 October 2014.

One Parkhurst resident shared his experience in getting fibre-to-the-home installed at his home.

How fibre-to-the-home is installed

There are three basic steps in providing FTTH services: building a backbone network, installing fibre to each block, and connecting homes to the fibre network.

  • Backbone network – The backbone network is typically a fibre ring which feeds the fibre from a distribution node to every block.
  • Fibre in each block – After the backbone network is installed, each block in the neighbourhood starts to get fibre. This is where everyone’s pavements are dug up to put in the fibre.
  • Connecting homes – Fibre is taken from the distribution box on the boundary wall into the home.

The following image gives a basic overview of a fibre-to-the-home installation from Vumatel in Parkhurst.

Vumatel FTTH installation
Vumatel FTTH installation

A real-life FTTH installation

MyBroadband member Ockie, who lives in Parkhurst, documented his FTTH installation from Vumatel.

He said the installers arrived at 14:00, and the installation was completed by around 18:00.

“There was no digging (trenching) that had to be done in the garden, for which I am very grateful. Vumatel’s staff were great, friendly, and answered all my questions,” he said.

The following photos provide an overview of the fibre-to-the-home installation process.

Fibre ready to be installed
Fibre ready to be installed
Fibre through wall
Fibre through wall
Vumatel fibre
Vumatel fibre
Vumatel fibre on wall
Vumatel fibre on wall
Vumatel fibre in home
Vumatel fibre in home
Fibre cable wall holder
Fibre cable wall holder
Fibre CPE
Fibre CPE
Fibre strands
Fibre strands
Fibre splicing
Fibre splicing
FTTH CPE live
FTTH CPE live
Wireless setup
Wireless setup
Free 4Mbps FTTH speedtest result
Free 4Mbps FTTH speedtest result

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