This posting is procedural, not technical.  It was motivated by an installation delay that was unexpected for a customer in London.

The local loop was to be installed by BT, in an office complex owned by a large national commercial property company.  For some reason, the HQ of the property owner would not agree to the Wayleave Agreement that BT required. This meant that BT would not install the local loop to the client office.  What is more surprising is that BT would install regular telephone lines to their office.  This made no sense to anyone.  But it caused an unexpected delay and needless aggravation.  So I want to make all my readers aware of this, so they can confirm with their landlords that a Wayleave Agreement is in place with the local phone company.  This is of particular importance in the UK and India.  In China, payment of bribes to the building management is not an unusual way to manage this situation.

For clarity, a Wayleave Agreement is an agreement under which a property owner gives a service provider (for example, an electricity, telephone or cable TV services provider) a right to install pipe or cable passing through or over the owner’s property.

Check with your landlord that such an agreement is in place to avoid any delays in your network installation.