[Tagging] Feature proposal - Voting - Telecom distribution point

Warin 61sundowner at gmail.com
Tue Dec 10 09:34:48 UTC 2019

On 10/12/19 17:33, Joseph Eisenberg wrote:
> I'm voting "no" because I do not see any discussion of this proposal
> at this mailing list or on the wiki. Has it been discussed somewhere
> else? The definition is not clear to me.
> The page says this is for mapping a "piece of equipment allowing to
> connect individuals and households to telecom local loops. They are
> often installed in the street, basements or on top of poles." That's a
> vague definition, though perhaps I do not know enough about telecom
> local loops.
> But the linked page (722-12-19) has a different definition for
> distribution point: "the final point in the local line network from
> which pairs are run to individual subscribers's premises". I"m not
> sure what a "pair" is here.
> http://www.electropedia.org/iev/iev.nsf/display?openform&ievref=722-12-19

Pair or twisted pair are two wires that go to a phone or phones.
Very common for phones only to use 2 wires (a pair), despite the 4 wire connections.

Far more frequent and obvious here are 'pillars' where many pairs come together  to be joined to a main line going to the exchange.
However this is changing with internet connections.
Now the home phone goes to a box in the home .. and that connects to the internet, even if the home does not want the internet the phone goes out over it.

Some of these pillars now look to be optical fibre rather than pairs.

For pillars and other telecom infrastructure see


You will note there is no mention of a 'distribution point'.

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