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B4RN Connections: A Day in the Life

June 12th, 2023


Our Connections teams work hard to get communities connected to gigabit full-fibre broadband - so we thought we'd highlight what they do!

We spent a day following Pete and Jon in their Connections van on jobs in Farleton and Sedbergh recently.

The dynamic duo are a good example of B4RN hiring locally for skilled jobs - Pete resides in the Lakes, while Jon is a former volunteer who played a big part in bringing B4RN to Tunstall (you can read more about that, here).

Let's see what a Day in the Life of a B4RN Connections engineer looks like...

Job One - a Rework in Farleton

First port of call was what we call a "rework" in Farleton, near Claughton off the A683. A rework is where a customer pays B4RN to move their full-fibre connection. In this instance, the customer was remodeling their home and had to move the point at which the fibre entered the property.

This involved installing a new CCE (Customer Connection Enclosure) outside and re-siting the FWO (Fibre Wall Outlet) on the inside.

PICTURED BELOW: Pete drills inside to out, maintaining a downward angle to halt ingress; pushing the fibre through from the FWO to the CCE, where Jon gives the thumbs up; cleaving the fibre, ready to be spliced together and placed in the CCE; and job done with a live router!

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VIDEO BELOW: Pete and Jon take the time to talk us through some aspects of the rework job:

Job Two - Blowing Fibre in Sedbergh

Pete and Jon then headed up the A684 to blow some fibre in Sedbergh.

They blew fibre from the chamber to some individual properties - this is one of the final steps to the customer going live on gigabit full-fibre broadband!

PICTURED BELOW: Pete using a Fremco Nanoflex Maxi to 'blow' fibre down the ducting; Jon waiting at the CCE (Customer Connection Enclosure) to receive the fibre, using a walkie talkie to let Pete know it's arrived.

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VIDEO BELOW: Pete and Jon (at either end!) talk us through blowing (and catching) some fibre:

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