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Virgin Media UK Expand 120Mb Broadband to Habrough and Stallingborough

Friday, July 20th, 2012 (12:59 pm) - Score 1,430

Community engagement group One Voice has managed to secure “significant investment” from Virgin Media that will see the cable operator expanding its 120Mbps (Megabits) capable broadband services into the communities of Habrough and Stallingborough in north east Lincolnshire UK.

Back in April 2012 One Voice informed ISPreview.co.uk (here) that the local authority expected to see an investment of £11 million within the North Lincolnshire area, although just 9% of that (£900,000) was set to be spent in the North East corner. The related Local Broadband Plan (LBP) estimated that this would only benefit 728 homes and businesses, which is apparently less than the total number of premises in Stallingborough and Habrough alone.

As a result the group launched a new campaign for better broadband, which obtained the signatures of 400 people but sadly failed to strong arm a greater proportion of funding from the government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) office.

Thankfully this is Grimsby reports that a group of volunteers then conducted another survey, which revealed how over 70% of locals would switch ISP if another provider (i.e. non-BT) entered the market. This was apparently enough to spark the interest of Virgin Media.

Virgin Medias Spokesman, Duncan Watts, said:

We are delighted to confirm that we will be extending our fibre optic network to bring superfast broadband and next generation TV services to the residents of Habrough and Stallingborough.

As the project will require significant construction we are currently working through the planning stages and liaising with the local council to seek approvals for the works required and will begin scheduling our roll-out as soon as received.”

The development means that locals, whom are presently forced to suffer internet download speeds of as low as just 0.5Mbps, will soon get access to the latest 120Mbps connections from Virgin Media. Nicely done One Voice.

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13 Responses
  1. Avatar Phil says:

    Virgin Media is rubbish service, if they say you will get 120Meg but don’t believe them, soon it will overscription, high ping, and awful speed throttling to 40 and 15Meg

  2. Avatar FibreFred says:

    So if this is new build will they actually use fibre to the home? Instead of (heavily contended in some areas) coax?

    I know contention can still exist with fibre in some parts of the network (obviously) but if they are building new surely it makes sense to use actual fibre to the home?

    1. Avatar get lost says:

      Why BT didnt do it why should virgin be any different, FTTC is already congested in areas also.

    2. Avatar FibreFred says:

      Deduction, they’ll be creating new ducting to these areas and starting afresh unlike BT, makes sense to use fibre

    3. Avatar Deduction says:

      No it doesnt, and if it did why aint BT rolling out FTTH to the rurals. Which in many cases do not have ducting in place already.

  3. Avatar get lost says:

    BTs FTTP and FTTC “on demand” services also require new ducting so don’t see your point. FTTC on its own in rural developments also often needs either new ducting or ducting put in place as it was never there in the beginning. In areas like that why has BT not started “afresh”.

    1. Avatar FibreFred says:

      FTTP on demand does not dictate the need for new ducting, it only does if none exists

    2. Avatar get lost says:

      The same as Virgin in a new area then where ducting doesnt exist. You do realise in certain areas there is basically virgin ducting and even cables which were never previously used. There are whole streets Virgins service runs along with homes in that street not connected. This is also a “expansion” project, so will more than likely in part make used of some ducting that already exists. Much in the way FTTC does.

  4. Avatar telecom engineer says:

    Valid questin fred, fttp is preferable for new build but for compatibility (especially if this is an extension of existing network) i very much see the case for coax.

    1. Avatar FibreFred says:

      I suppose it depends how close this existing network is and its back haul capacity etc, if they are having to replicate it all again for a new area and don’t “tap in” to a neighbouring area fttp would hopefully be a consideration.

      I won’t respond to the troll, he’s just trying to lure into more senseless arguments based on speculation

    2. Avatar DTMark says:

      If they have any commercial sense, which doesn’t always seem to be the case with Virgin Media, they’ll wait for BT to announce FTTP on demand @ 330Mbps with a huge install fee and counter it with same for a very low cost/free. Except that fibre won’t be needed to easily beat that 330Mbps, it can still use the co-ax (good up to c. 445Mbps if memory serves)

      That would require that sufficient bandwidth was installed during the resegmentation program with enough so as to set aside dedicated bandwidth for those specific users.

  5. Avatar telecom engineer says:

    Indeed dtmark, tbh i dont forsee the need to replace vm coax during my lifetime, bar congestion which can be sorted with more backhaul and or relief coax for busy neighbourhoods.

  6. Avatar Darren says:

    The cables run either end of the village I believe there is nothing in the actual street at the moment

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