Ogi in your area: what to expect

Working in your area: your questions answered

Why are you working in my area?

Access to ultrafast broadband is quickly becoming a necessity for us all. Some parts of south Wales have traditionally been ‘underserved’ by leading broadband providers and Ogi – an alternative provider (or altnet) – is here to change that. We have identified areas across south Wales that have traditionally found it harder to connect and are making it our job to bring next generation ultrafast fibre technology to those places – often much sooner that planned by the leading providers.  

When are you in my area?

We have already announced our plans to bring ultrafast fibre optic broadband to parts of Monmouthshire, Pembrokeshire and the Vale of Glamorgan with more and more communities being added to the list between now and 2025. Find out more about our plans to power-up south Wales on our community pages.

What do you mean by ‘build’?

Building doesn’t always mean digging up roads or pavements. We use existing ducts (channels) underground, or telegraph poles over ground to install our ultrafast fibre optic network wherever possible. It’s about choosing the most reliable and least disruptive ‘building’ option street-by-street. 

When existing infrastructure can’t be used, we’ll build our own. This sometimes means we’ll need to dig up roads and pavements and cause short-term disruption.

How long will you be in my area?

The time our work takes depends on the size of the area if we are using existing infrastructure or starting from scratch. We will always work as quickly as we can and limit any disruption. If you are ever concerned or want to talk to us, our Customer Care team are here to help. You can contact the team by phoning 029 2002 0550 or email [email protected]. 

Work often takes our contractors 2 to 3 days outside each home or business premises – depending on whether we need to dig or work overhead – and you will have access to your property, including driveways, whenever you need it. This includes access for carers and emergency services. 

From time-to-time things don’t go to plan. When this happens, we may need to come back at a later date to finish the work or put things right – such as replacing tarmac with like-for-like paving slabs and re-instating grass verges and topsoil. We will always do this as soon as we can, usually within two weeks of completing work. 

What hours do you and your contractors work?

Our contractors and sub-contractors typically work 8.00am – 5.00pm with some out of hours work needed in an emergency or to help limit disruption. We will always try and let you know if work needs to be carried out outside of usual hours (such as on evenings or weekends) unless it is an emergency.  

Will you need to dig up my road?

Sometimes we will need to dig trenches in the road or pavements outside your home or place of work. When we do this, we take before, during and after pictures to make sure our contractors put things back as they were, like-for-like.  

This includes relaying paving slabs, re-covering surfaces with tarmac and adding topsoil and seed to green areas to re-instate everything to the way it was before we arrived. Sometimes, weather conditions mean we cannot put things right, right away. When this happens, we will always come back as soon as we can, usually within seven days to put things back as they were. 

Will I be able to get in and out of my property during the work?

Work often takes our contractors 2 to 3 days outside each home or business premises – depending on whether we need to dig or work overhead – and you will have access to your property, including driveways, whenever you need it. This includes access for carers and emergency services. 

There might be temporary footpaths and road closures for a time, but our contractors will always make sure these are clearly signposted and safe. And we will always let you know before disruption starts. Teams on the ground are happy to help, so if you spot anything wrong please do speak to our contractors or let us know by contacting us by phone 029 2002 0550 or email [email protected]. 

Will you let me know when you are coming to my street to start work?

Yes. Anybody directly affected by our works will receive a letter from us and our contractors explaining what will be happening and how long this work is likely to take. We work closely with the local authority to make sure our work is carried out to limit disruption.  

How do you decide where to locate your street cabinets?

We work with the local authority to agree the best places for our street cabinets. We have different styles of cabinets for distinct reasons. Our large green cabinets are usually placed in a central position away from houses. These are our exchanges, and act as the hub for our fibre optic broadband network in your town or village.  

Our smaller grey cabinets are usually found on or close by to your street. These cabinets act as the junction to homes or businesses accessing our services in and around it.  

Our ‘toby’ boxes are the black panels you see on the pavement and usually ‘disappear’ into the background. These boxes are underground storage boxes that connect your home directly to our network – so you could think of them as the last bit of the jigsaw before our ultrafast broadband makes it into your home or business. 

Get in touch

I’d like to compliment your team or contractors

Diolch. We’re pleased our teams have made a good impression on you. Please contact our Customer Care team by phoning 029 2002 0550 or email [email protected] with as much information as possible and we will pass this onto the relevant team.  

I’d like to make a complaint about your team or contractors

We are sorry things haven’t gone smoothly. Please contact our Customer Care team by phone 029 2002 0550 during office hours or email [email protected] and we will do everything we can to put things right.  

Wayleaves: your questions answered

What is the wayleave process?

A wayleave is a contract between a landowner (or landlord) and a provider (in this case Ogi or one of our contractors), granting permission to access land or property, to install and/or maintain network infrastructure. 

We will contact you, via a company called Trenches Law, if we need access to land you own or have rights to explaining more about the process and how it might affect you.  

Why do you need a wayleave?

We need a wayleave agreement in place to install or repair parts of the Ogi network on private land, or inside a property 

How soon do I need to sign and return a wayleave agreement?

Signing the wayleave as soon as you are comfortable with the information helps us plan our build, so the sooner the better for us. However, we want you to be comfortable with it, so take your time and feel free to ask as many questions as you would like, we are here to help.

How long does a wayleave last?

As wayleaves are a type of contract, they can last anything from a couple of months to few years or more. If you have been sent a wayleave pack, then the duration of the agreement will be detailed in the documentation.  

Who can I contact about a wayleave I’ve received?

If you have a question about a wayleave you have received, please contact the case handler at Trenches Law. These details can be found on any communications you have received about the wayleave. You should include the reference number, if you have one, on anything you send.  

Can’t find your question? Get in touch with the Customer Care team by phoning 029 2002 0550 or email [email protected] – we are here to help. 

We will update this section with your most frequently asked questions on a regular basis.
Last updated 22 September 2022.