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Virgin Media UK Pauses Cable Network Rollout in Great Yarmouth

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 (4:43 pm) - Score 2,883

Cable operator Virgin Media appears to have paused their Project Lighting network expansion of ultrafast broadband and TV services in the Norfolk seaside town of Great Yarmouth, which had originally been due to reach 5,000 homes and businesses before the end of 2019.

The deployment itself was announced last summer (here) but has now been stopped due to unspecified “issues.” At this stage we don’t have any information about the situation, although we do know that the operator appears to have recently become more cautious about their deployment strategy; especially when considering more challenging areas (example).

In some other parts of the UK (e.g. bits of Leeds and possibly also Swindon) the operator is also known to have run into some familiar issues with unadopted roads (i.e. private roads, rather than those maintained by a public authority) and getting access to complete their network. Such problems are not unique to Virgin Media.

A Spokesman for Virgin Media said (EDP24):

“Since we started our build in Great Yarmouth, we have encountered issues which is why we have paused our plans for the area.

We’ll be meeting with the county council soon to discuss potential ways in which we can work together to expand our ultrafast broadband network in Great Yarmouth as quickly as possible.”

We’d welcome any input from locals who might have a better idea of what the aforementioned “issues” are in Great Yarmouth. At least one local has told us that they saw engineers working in the area up until early last week but have not seen them since, although that was feedback from only one part of the town.

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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12 Responses
  1. Steve says:

    They are currently rolling out by me and interested to see recently that when entering my postcode on the availability checked it doesn’t even say my address is in the rollout area (it did previousy)

    1. Mark says:

      Same situation here – It once said they were coming, now nothing. They are currently down the road from us (a long road mind).

  2. M R Swann says:

    I walked and spoke to the Project Manager yesterday. He says it’s hard dig, as well as the council not allowing access to stocks of paving slabs and insisting on stupid lane/road closures.

    1. Zico says:

      Read up on the Safety at Street Works and Road works, A code of practice, before you comment on ‘stupid lane/road closures’. Works must be carried out in a safe manor both for the protection of the work force and the public.
      A few years ago there was a statistic that the in the same period as one of the Iraq war’s there were more road works killed than UK soldiers. You don’t have ceremonies or parades to remember them do you!

    2. Matt Swann says:

      Those are the words of the Project Manager, not mine.

      Nice high horse you have there anyway.

  3. Mike Crawford says:

    Same issue in Dunfermline. Lots of activity in the streets around my area last year, nothing now. They don’t reply to Twitter messages and I have called them too, promised a return calls, received none.

    1. Ash says:

      Had the same problem in Chester. Lots of activity. Held an event announcing they was coming to our area. Road signs up announcing closures within the village. The day before they was due to start the work, all road signs disappeared and not heard anything since.

  4. Andy says:

    Asked a Virgin rep if they are coming to Cornwall. I got told that they would not be rolling out virgin media as not enough people live in Cornwall. What an absolute load of coda whallop. It is about time SKY had competition

    1. lol says:

      lol, it seems unlikely that BT would have made any significant progress in Cornwall without the EU funded FTTC/H deployments which seems to confirm that large parts of the county are not considered commercially viable…

    2. Mike says:

      Sky does have competition it’s called torrent.

  5. not lol says:

    @lol

    Great Yarmouth and Norfolk are hardly sprawling metropolises – there may well be similar economics involved in bringing their network to the larger Cornish towns. The same places that a BT FTT* rollout would have made commercial sense had Superfast Cornwall not came to be.

  6. Meggahurtz says:

    It’s quite easy to see. All the work Virgin have done they are having to go back and fix all the pavements they have dug due to “Trip hazards”.

    Seems Norfolk County Council are playing hardball

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