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Picture From India

Non-standard cabling?

One of my clients sent me this picture, and I had to look twice at it before I really understood what I was looking at. It is a utility pole (electricity/phone) sure enough, but that is not confetti left over after some Mardi Gras type celebration… or debris blown there by a tornado.. that is cabling!


After that realization, my regard for our power company, and yes, even AT&T  went up a notch or two…

Crazy busy Monday here, so…

September 28, 2009 - Posted by | tech


  1. I’ve never been there myself, but a friend of mine has, multiple times. What I was told was that they have kids being paid to run cable, so whenever something goes down, they just run another cable. He described the kids just climbing poles and jumping from pole to roof top, roof top to pole, and into a window of a building at an impressive speed.


    Comment by Kirk | September 28, 2009 | Reply

    • Kirk,
      That description would certainly explain the mess shown here.

      There is a fundamental problem with that approach to networking, though… (heck, anything really).

      Quick fix, shoe-string, cobbled together, ad-hoc, the band-aid strategy (aka “finger in the dike”).. I’m not sure which moniker to use!


      Comment by techpaul | September 28, 2009 | Reply

  2. wow– thats insane..


    Comment by yenny | September 28, 2009 | Reply

    • yenny,
      That’s why I had to look twice.. I thought for sure that was debris after some terrible storm.

      I wonder how much copper is just lying idle there…


      Comment by techpaul | September 28, 2009 | Reply

  3. All I can is, “unbelievable”…



    Comment by Ramblinrick | September 28, 2009 | Reply

    • I have more.. it isn’t just this one pole…


      Comment by techpaul | September 28, 2009 | Reply

  4. Quite the picture- unbelievable! Visualizing how those kids work as said here, would be interesting to watch such a performance… almost entertaining!

    …insight on how other parts of the world do things

    one of the differences being – how we tip-toe around ‘one electrical wire” that’s brought to the ground from a storm, “last nights storm here”


    Comment by Gaia | September 30, 2009 | Reply

  5. TechPaul,

    I keep going back to this pic on your blog and studying it… Couple of the poles look like the tree without the bark removed. Apparently there are no wiring codes or standards there. I have a telephone pole right outside my house and if this happened I probably would be sawing it down…



    Comment by Ramblinrick | September 30, 2009 | Reply

    • Rick, I have been waiting for someone to say this, but no one has — so I will! This is where your tech support (probably) comes from.


      Comment by techpaul | September 30, 2009 | Reply

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