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Virgin Media Extend 350Mbps Broadband to 3,500 Premises in Bradley Stoke

Thursday, August 17th, 2017 (11:27 am) by Mark Jackson (Score 1,215)
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Some 3,500 additional premises in the South Gloucestershire (England) town of Bradley Stoke have benefited after Virgin Media announced that they had completed an extension of their 350Mbps capable cable (HFC EuroDOCSIS / FTTP) broadband and TV network in the area.

The effort has of course formed part of the operator’s on-going £3bn Project Lightning network expansion, which aims to add an additional 4 million premises to its national network by 2019 and this should extend overall coverage to around 60-65% of the UK.

Paul Hellings, Regional Director of Virgin Media, said:

“By expanding our network to thousands more homes and businesses we are making Bradley Stoke a digital hotspot, and time-strapped families can now benefit from the reliability of a service that’s seven times faster than the local average. To see if your home has received this boost visit www.virginmedia.com/cablemystreet.”

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15 Responses
  1. Simon

    Well, the forums are full of people from that area complaining about congestion, let’s hope they solved that.

  2. Glenn Ackroyd

    There is no congestion in fttp areas on virgin media

    • Simon

      This is not FTTP it’s the usual VM setup?

      I guess the V forums over the next 6 months will tell the real picture

    • PaulM

      No it is not it is a mix of HFC anf FTTP just as the story states.

      The V forums also have no current posts complaining about congestion in Bradley Stoke. So making rubbish up.

    • Glenn Ackroyd

      Simon that is fiber to home for virgin

    • CarlT

      Bradley Stoke is FTTP. I believe Mark was referring to the Virgin network as a whole being mostly HFC with some FTTP and all with DOCSIS for broadband.

  3. G.Lee

    Hehe every virgin story always has the same fan type comments.

    Anyone care to explain why congestion won’t affect virgins FTTP like it does HFC

    • PaulM

      Im not a fan of Virgin it can suffer congestion.

      Im also not a fan of bull$h177ers that can not even provide a link to the Virgin forums and talk of congestion in the areas which are supposedly affected, in this case Bradley Stoke which has no current complaints on Virgins forum.

      “Anyone care to explain why congestion won’t affect virgins FTTP like it does HFC”

      Would you care to explain why you think it will, when any congestion currently is very specific areas and in small numbers, so small in fact that thinkbroadbands most recent analysis of providers…
      https://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/7791-peak-and-off-peak-performance-at-largest-broadband-providers-in-july-2017
      Shows the quality rating for VM has actually improved and they are all now a 1.00 so overall they are no better or worse.

    • CarlT

      Mr Mclaren,

      Easier to split the nodes / service groups, just de-combine them at the hubsite rather than having to deploy new fibre, and the same fibre can carry EPON.

      Using DOCSIS over RFoG is a temporary solution on the FTTP.

    • G.Lee

      Actually its McLaren but thanks thanks for the info anyway…

  4. Glenn Ackroyd

    With the fttp they have put 46-48 house to one cab as there is only 46-48 taps so no shearing connections

    Also 8 house run on one set of frequencies so no over subscribing

    • CarlT

      They most definitely don’t have 8 premises on each ‘set of frequencies’. They would be on a rapid route to bankruptcy if they had so few homes on each service group sharing between 800 Mb and 1.2 Gb.

      There is sharing of connections in the same way there is on cable. Multiple cabinets are connected to the same broadband capacity.

      Congestion is less likely as it’s easier to carry out upgrades and when VM are ready they can deploy non-DOCSIS technology over the FTTP network.

  5. Scotty

    They only used RFoG on one site, it is no longer being used.

    • CarlT

      Really? Must be imaging the tens of thousand of premises of it they’ve built since. Kippax, Garforth, Great Preston and Allerton Bywater locally all have or will have RFoG shortly, with Robin Hood and Rothwell to come further down the line.

    • Gadget

      As I understood the original press releases they would infill in Co-ax areas with the same technology and put RFOG into new expansion.

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