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FTTC Fibre Cabinet Lookup

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This page explains how to get some information about your fibre cabinet such as its make/model and location.

For more information on the specific types of cabinets, DSLAMs and photographs of the equipment see the dedicated page FTTC Cabinets.

FTTC Fibre Cabinet
Huawei 288 FTTC Fibre Cab


~ Lookup your green telephone (PCP) cabinet number

To find out which fibre cabinet you are connected to you can use the FTTC checker
The most accurate results are obtained using your telephone number, but if you have a non-BT line such as Sky or TalkTalk then use the Address Checker when prompted.

Get your telephone PCP cabinet number

At the top of the page it should tell you which green PCP cabinet your telephone line is connected to.


~ Finding your FTTC cabinet location.

Now that you have your PCP cabinet number you need to find its location. This may involve scouting around your area or use of google maps.  Green PCP cabinets will have their number spray painted on them.

FTTC cabinets are usually located within 50 metres of the old green PCP cabinets, although may be up to 100m in exceptional circumstances.

PCP cabinets may come in various forms, but the FTTC cabinets will be one of those shown on the FTTC cabinet page.  They are usually identified by the type of air vents.

If you are having difficulty locating your cabinet you may find the "More information about your cabinet" section useful.

Green PCP telephone cab
BT green PCP telephone cabinet


 ~ Finding the make or model of your FTTC DSLAM

There are three methods of finding the make of manufacturer of your DSLAM

  1. Identify from the type of cabinet housing:

    If you know the location of your FTTC cabinet then you can use the type of cabinet housing to look up the type of DSLAM that it contains

    Cabinet Housing Type DSLAM
    ECI 128/256 ECI M41
    Huawei 96/128 Huawei MA5616T
    Huawei 288 Huawei MA5603T

  2. Identify from your modem router:

    If your modem/router isn't locked down then some routers will advice you the chipset used by the line card that you are attached to in the telnet commands.  The command for the HG612 is xdslcmd info --vendor  for other broadcom devices it may be adsl info --vendor

    This should output something similar to:

    > adsl info --vendor
    adsl: ADSL driver and PHY status
    Status: Showtime
    Last Retrain Reason: 0
    Last initialization procedure status: 0
    Max: Upstream rate = 30078 Kbps, Downstream rate = 83041 Kbps
    Bearer: 0, Upstream rate = 20000 Kbps, Downstream rate = 79987 Kbps

    ChipSet Vendor Id: IFTN:0xb204
    ChipSet VersionNumber: 0xb204
    ChipSet SerialNumber: 5502152235

    IFTN = Infineon = ECI
    BDCM = Broadcom = Huawei

  3. Other Method:

    You may be able to get information from Magenta Systems Website.  How to do this is outlined below under More information about your cabinet.


 ~ More Information about your cabinet

You may be able to find more information about your cabinet from the Magenta Systems website.
It should be noted that information is not always up to date and it may take a while for newer FTTC cabinet information to be added.

  • Before you start you will need to know the number of your PCP cabinet. 
    See how to Lookup your PCP cabinet number.

  • Go to
    > Enter your telephone number in the first box
    > Click 

  • This should give you some results similar to the following
    > Click the "Locality" link

    telephone locality

  • You will now be presented with some information about the area
    > Click "All Fibre Cabinets".

    local fibre cabinets

  • The next page will show a map for all cabinet locations in the area
    > Scroll down the page to the full list of cabinets
    > Look for your PCP number and then across to find the vendor

    fttc dslam vendors

  • Clicking on the postcode may help you find the location of your cab as it will bring up a map with the approximate area.  Remember a postcode can contain a wide area so you may have to resort to walking around, but at least its a start.

  • Clicking on the cabinet number will give an indication what postcodes the cabinet serves.



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