Well, our favourite telco are now fitting these on new build properties. They are an external NTE.
Well, I can see the logic, and the principle is like having external cupboards for power or gas. The engineer can visit to check things and sort faults without entering the property. Saves staying in for the engineer, and so on.
Of course our favourite telco do have the strange idea that not finding an issue is somehow chargeable, but that is a different problem.
However, this new system is rather broken!!!
- The test point no longer exists. It is a special test pin thing, see picture. So you cannort test the service (voice or broadband) at the demarkation point.
- Even if you had a suitable plug to do testing you may not be on the same floor. Whats the betting that even if the telco put in the wiring from this, the second they finish it becomes your problem.
- How the hell are engineers going to test broadband at one of these ? even their USB modems need power and it is outside!!!