Singapore will move on to a higher speed network in future and homes are now being fitted with fibre optics cable in order to enjoy such service.
I made the appointment online early this year and the schedule for my home is fixed today.
My appointment was set at 9am but the people from OpenNet were already at 830am while I was out buying breakfast. I spoke to the friendly technician and he said he has a lot of units marked for installation today, so there’s no harm in starting early. He said he would be done with the installation within 30 minutes.
I had initially cleaned up my room because I wanted the fibre termination box (i don’t know why it’s called that) to be installed in my room, but the technician said that it would be difficult to do so. He said something about the fibre optics cable are fragile and would break if installation is done in my room. I didn’t fully understand what that means but I decided to follow his suggestion to install it near the Starhub cable TV point. He assured me that even though the fibre termination box is out in the hall, I could still connect to it using wireless or other methods.
I’m aware of that but being a gamer, I prefer direct access to high-speed internet all the time. I reasoned to myself that the installation would inevitably benefit my existing SingNet broadband capacity anyway, which is currently doing fine at 10Mbps.
The OpenNet technicians were efficient. They got to work straightaway with the wiring. To install the fibre termination box, a drilling on the wall has to be done.
While they provide with all the tools, it does not include a vacuum cleaner. I was cleaning up my room earlier this morning in anticipation of their arrival so when they saw my vacuum cleaner, they put it to good use – One of them was drilling a hole in the wall while the other readies the vacuum to suck in all dust and debris. That’s clever. So if they’re coming over to your place, be sure to have a vacuum cleaner on standby.
From what I saw (but i didnt get pictures), the fibre optics cable is lined up into a figure of 8 mould. I am not technically trained but I believe doing so prevents the cable from breaking the figure of 8 ensures that the cable never makes a sharp bend, causing it to break.
True enough, they were done with the installation within 30 minutes. They helped to clean up the floor a little and then they were off for the next installation appointment.
Here’s a closeup of the Fiber Optics Termination Box: