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Recently I found this plastic thing on a pillar in the village:

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Looks like it is not finally connected yet, just attached with tape to the pillar.

What is it's purpose?


4 cables go down to this thing:

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    \$\begingroup\$ booster for a concrete rocket ;) \$\endgroup\$ – Sunnyskyguy EE75 Sep 29 '18 at 19:44
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    \$\begingroup\$ for about 50 ~ glass fusion splices in a waterproof box \$\endgroup\$ – Sunnyskyguy EE75 Sep 29 '18 at 20:02
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This is a fiber optic splicebox. It is a weatherproof enclosure where two (or more) ends of fiber optic cables are connected.

Yes - electricity poles also carry optical fiber for control of the network and often internet access.

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It's a junction box for fiber optic cables.

Here you can buy a similar one.

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We've given your photo to the forensics lab and they suspect that it is a fibre-optic data cable using the electrical power distribution poles as the cable route.

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Photo 1. The enhanced image.

  1. The incoming cable.
  2. The cable clamp.
  3. The down-feed to the junction box where tap-off and through connections are made.
  4. The cable out to the next stage.
  5. The outgoing cables.

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Photo 2. A fibre-optic junction box. Source.

The optical fibres can be run with power cables as they are insulating and there is no danger of fault currents going to ground.

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That is a junction box which is weather proof, and is probably temporary and will be moved before it gets played with.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Yeah - you'd think it'd be temporary, but in my part of the south that kind of 'temporary' sometimes hangs around for a year or 2 ... \$\endgroup\$ – brhans Sep 29 '18 at 19:48
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    \$\begingroup\$ Ahh, the definition of temporary - we were moved into a "new" office as a temporary measure - 10 years later we have been moved again... \$\endgroup\$ – Solar Mike Sep 29 '18 at 19:52
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    \$\begingroup\$ temporary ˈtɛmp(ə)rəri/ adjective Meanings: 1. permanent \$\endgroup\$ – immibis Oct 1 '18 at 0:37

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