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Virgin Media Confirm Cable Broadband Expansion in Cheltenham

Friday, September 25th, 2015 (4:27 pm) - Score 1,974

Cable operator Virgin Media (Liberty Global) has confirmed that their £3bn “Project Lightning” network expansion will also benefit homes and businesses in the large spa town of Cheltenham (Gloucestershire, England).

The project aims to extend the reach of VM’s cable (EuroDOCSIS) network to another 4 million premises in predominantly urban areas by 2020 (17 million premises), with various upgrades in Manchester, Leeds and Nottingham having already been confirmed.

However residents of the Springbank area (Cheltenham), such as those in locations like Triscombe Way, Dulverton close, Kingsbridge Mews to the west of Princess Elizabeth Way, have just been informed by the operator that “Virgin Media will be undertaking network expansion in your area which will mean that will be able to take advantage of digital TV fixed line telephony and high speed broadband services.”

Apparently the civil works began on 14th September and are due to continue until around mid-October 2015. A local LibDem councillor, Peter Jeffries, said: “I’m very glad to hear it. For about 10 years since the houses were built the broadband speeds have been absolutely terrible. I know of people who have had to move out form the area because they couldn’t run a business form their home. People in the area have been campaigning on this issue for many years.”

No doubt more locations will be confirmed as time progresses, with VM tending to focus on reaching areas that already exist close to the edges of their current network infrastructure.

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3 Responses
  1. Ivor says:

    I wonder if there’s any potentially missed opportunities here.

    The US cable companies seem to be moving towards fibre to the premises and RFoG for TV services without having to drastically change too much – they don’t need to rebuild their TV infrastructure – with current rollouts targeting new builds

    If they’re going to the massive expense of digging up roads, it seems prudent to dump traditional HFC in these new areas and go FTTP?

  2. Hedges says:

    Hope for my area yet, i do not live far from there and am stuck with substandard BT Infinity with ‘super slow’ 24Mb download and 7Mb upload

  3. andy says:

    I would be over the moon with 24Mb. We have 1Mb! Yes, 1Mb download in Up Hatherley, Cheltenham. What is really frustrating is that Virgin have fibre in the ground at the end of the street. I really hope that they can look at extending into our area. It would be very easy for them and make a world of difference to people in the area.

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