|telecom = connection_point|
|Last point of telecom local loops allowing direct connections towards a few households and subscribers|
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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.
|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|