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British copper PCP.jpg
Last point of telecom local loops allowing direct connections towards a few households and subscribers Edit or translate this description.
Group: Telecom
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may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
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Status: approvedPage for proposal


Connection points (722-12-18) are technical places and allow telecoms networks operators to manage wiring resources according to subscribers needs and network availability. They allow to reduce the amount of cable needed to reach telephone exchanges, as all subscribers aren't connected at a given date.

Patch panels are used to connect and disconnect subscribers as they subscribe or leave the network. That's why anyone is able to see technicians working next to them often as network subscribers churn can be pretty intense. Connection points don't allow direct connections and merely always involve a patch panel. For last point directly connecting households or subscribers see telecom=distribution_point.
Connection points can either be located in the street in a man_made=street_cabinet, or directly in the basement of a residential building.
Some local loops can have a hierarchy of connection points: there may be several connection points chained to one another between the telephone exchange and the subscriber. This piece of information can be hard to obtain, but a dedicated connection_point=* key is intended to add it in OSM if known.


Key Value Description Use
telecom=* connection_point It's a local loop connection point mandatory
telecom:medium=* copper, fibre or coaxial The local loop medium the connection point is hosting recommended
operator=* <operator> The name of the company that operates the connection point. recommended
connection_point=* primary, secondary, tertiary... Connection point hierarchy level. A secondary connection point is linked to a primary one which is linked to telephone exchange and so on optional
man_made=* street_cabinet Can be used if the connection point is in a cabinet optional
street_cabinet=* telecom The cabinet is dedicated to telecom networking required with man_made=street_cabinet
utility=* telecom A connection point is a telecom equipment recommended
ref=* <reference> Connection point reference if applicable. See ref:FR:PTT=* or ref:FR:Orange=* for French example recommended

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French copper PCP.jpg


This is a really common telecom cabinet in France acting as a primary connection point on all legacy 22 000 telephone/xdsl copper local loops.
British copper PCP.jpg


A really common thing in England, a primary connection point operated by Openreach in a usual green street cabinet
French fibre PCP.jpg


A newer connection point cabinet in France for fibre to subscribers networks. No copper in it, only fibre. We know it's fibre as an ISO 7010-W004 sign is displayed on the cabinet.