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Any news about Sibsey?

#1
Hi Stephen
Sibsey was shown as a Phase 4 exchange and I am connected to Cabinet 1.
Samknows suggests a RFS date of 31/12/14 but I am aware this is almost certainly just a 'period end' date, as it's almost upon us am I right in thinking it will slip to end of March 2015?
#2
Good Afternoon Tim,

Thanks for getting in touch with us.

We were doing everything possible to complete as many Phase 4 cabinets before year and did manage a substantial amount.

We didn't complete Sibsey, but we are still optimistic of completion well before March 2015.

We should get a clearer view of a completion date in the first week or so of the New Year.

Regards
steve
#3
Hi Steve

One month on is there any news?
Are we likely to be rfs before March?
#4
Good Morning Tim,

We have had no notification that this cabinet will be delayed and expect it to be completed by the end of March. If there are delays forseen we will publish news of these delays on the website under the 'project updates' section.

You can sign up to our newsletter which we send fortnightly - this includes lists of completed cabinets so you will know when the cabinet has been enabled http://www.onlincolnshire.org/forum/newsletter-sign-up

Kind regards

Naomi
#5
Hi Steve
"....we are still optimistic of completion well before March 2015.
We should get a clearer view of a completion date in the first week or so of the New Year."

Is there any news, we are now less than a week away from March and no mention of Sibsey in the Project Update.

Regards
Tim
#6
Hi Tim

We haven't mentioned Sibsey in our updates because we focus on delayed cabinets. If it does become delayed (and hopefully it won't) we will start providing weekly updates for you.

BT say that this should be completed by the end of March at the latest but they are hoping to enable it sooner (subject to unforseen delays etc.)

Kind regards
Naomi
#7
Hi Steve & Naomi
So now Phase 4 deadline has now passed and therefore Sibsey Cabinet 1 is now delayed I feel the time is right to ask for an explanation.
Back in January Steve said in response to the year end deadline
"We didn't complete Sibsey, but we are still optimistic of completion well before March 2015. "
and over a month ago Naomi's comment was
"BT say that this should be completed by the end of March at the latest but they are hoping to enable it sooner (subject to unforseen delays etc.)".

What therefore is going on?
If this delay was known about why wasn't it reported if the prime focus of the update process is to feature delays?

Regards
Tim


#8
Hi Tim

I'm going to ask BT for a progress report on this at our next meeting and will get back to you when I have a response

Many thanks
Naomi
#9
Sorry Naomi but your reply appears to suggest that the process of monitoring progress is reactive, not actively monitoring whether deadlines will be me but simply following up only when delays are self evident or pointed out.

Did the potential failure to complete within the Phase 4 deadline not feature in the review meetings?

Was there really no indication that this was a likely delay?

Regards
Tim
#10
Tim

We have made a conscious decision not to chase up cabinets until they become delayed - we do not have the resource to chase cabinets which are not delayed. We were fully aware of this cabinet and are aware that timescales are drawing in.

There are a large number of cabinets which are 'RFS' - ready for service. These cabinets are completed physically but the programming hasn't yet been completed. We have not yet had the names of these cabinets and expect them at the next meeting; hence I will ask about BT about your cab at the next meeting and find out whether it is on this list.

Regards
Naomi
#11
Hi Tim

We've spoken to BT in relation to this cabinet and they are sorry but it will be delayed. They have needed to lay 2km of new ducting which involved traffic management - this has pushed time scales out and although they have tried to get it completed before the end of March, this unfortunately wasn't possible. They are aiming to have this cabinet enabled asap and, at the latest, by the end of this quarter, so before the end of June 2015

Kind regards
Naomi
#12
Hi Tim,

luck you, it is only a 3 month "delay" in your case!

I am up the road on cabinet 3 at Stickney and have been told that it is not even in the current programme!

Seems like I will have to wait until the next phase - which is still only in the design/procurement phase so it will probably be another two years before I get FTTC.

Oh well, at least I get 6Mbps on ADSL (well sometimes anyway!)

Cheers, Peter.
#13
Hi Stephen
First thin to say is YIPEE, we now have a brand new cabinet at the end of the road!
Still got pavement open with piles of rubble but nevertheless a cabinet has been stood.

I was slightly bemused therefore to see this weeks update as week ending 22nd stated:-
"Sibsey 1- Dslam programmed to be stood 27/5."
this last week however it has changed to:-
"Sibsey 1- Cabinet position has been agreed – this cabinet should be ready for service by the end of June, products will be available approximately 2 weeks after this."

Is this now slightly out of date or are we really expecting it to take a month to be ready for service?
Regards
Tim
#14
Good Morning Tim,

BT's contractors are moving to install as many cabinet shells as possible in advance of work being completed.

With regard to Sibsey Cab. 1, we believe the cabinet will be completed before the end of June, but we have added some latitude with regard to dates because of the huge workload currently ongoing.

As soon as it goes 'Live' we will update the website.

Thank you for your ongoing patience.

Regards
Steve
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