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Virgin Media UK Complete 50000 Homes in East London Network Expansion

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 (2:33 pm) - Score 1,637

Virgin Media (Liberty Global) has today announced that the work to expand the reach of their cable broadband, TV and phone network to 100,000 extra homes in East London has officially reached the half-way point (50,000 completed), which is now benefitting residents in East Ham, Stratford, Bow, Poplar and Stepney.

The work was officially announced last August 2014 (here) and has of course more recently been followed by bigger news in the shape of Project Lightning, which will see the UK cable giant invest £3 billion to expand the reach of their 152Mbps capable network to an additional 4 million homes and businesses (total of 17 million premises) by 2020 (here).

In order to celebrate this Virgin Media has hired the world’s fastest henna artist, Ash Kumar, to help spruce up one of the vans used by their engineering team (picture).

Neil Bartholomew, Executive Director of Virgin Media, said:

Working with Ash Kumar has been fantastic, helping us raise awareness of the importance of better access to the digital world. Thousands more homes across East London are now able to benefit for the first time from the UK’s fastest broadband.”

Talay Ibrahim, Virgin Media Apprentice, said:

The makeover Ash has given my van will be a great talking point with everyone as we connect more people to our ultrafast network in East London. The other engineers will definitely be jealous and will be clamouring for a new look for their vans too.”

Most of the areas that Virgin Media have recently expanded into are already close to their existing cable infrastructure, which means that the work can be conducted quite quickly. In addition it’s a lot easier to cover a significant number of premises, in a short space of time, when you’re predominantly focused on dense urban and not sparse rural areas.

The work to connect 100,000 premises should complete in the next few months and then they’ll spend the next few years adding several million more to the tally. An upgrade to the latest ultrafast DOCSIS 3.1 cable technology is also on the cards, with early trials anticipated to start later this year.

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  1. Astroturfer says:

    Further exacerbating the digital divide.

    They need to accept more than the 20-25 year payback period that’s been mooted for Project Lightning, run the risk of it being half a century and deploy in remote areas that are nowhere near their existing network.

    £750 per premises passed is pocket money. £3000+ is where the business case is.

    1. Steve Jones says:

      Seriously? What makes you think that anybody is going to be prepared to put up that sort of investment cash on the vague idea that they might get a return many decades into the future? The cable company doesn’t have cash just sitting in bank accounts that they can use on a whim. They have to raise that money from investors; bankers, shareholders and bond purchasers. The cable companies went down that line when the networks were first installed and the investors had to write off most of the money they put in through re-structuring.

    2. Astroturfer says:

      Switch the irony detector on, Steve.

    3. Steve Jones says:

      The irony was well hidden. There are those who state this sort of stuff seriously.

    4. fastman2 says:

      steve

      unfortunaely !!!!

  2. george says:

    typical” its down bottom end as usual

  3. Patrick says:

    Sick to the teeth with Virgin Media leaflets etc constantly coming through my door every 2 weeks . and I can’t even request they stop because they are only addressed to the “occupier” even though I have lived here for over 20 years!

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