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Virgin Media Extend to 26000 Premises in Burton, Dronfield and Thurmaston

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 (1:16 pm) - Score 2,828
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Cable operator Virgin Media UK has announced that 26,000 premises in Burton-on-Trent (East Staffordshire), Dronfield (Derbyshire), Thurmaston (Leicestershire) will be the next to get access to their “gigabit-ready” ultrafast broadband ISP and TV network (we still don’t know when those Gigabit speed will actually arrive).

The deployment is of course part of VM’s £3bn Project Lightning network extension, which hopes to bring their Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) and Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based EuroDOCSIS network to cover an additional 3-4 million premises across the United Kingdom by around the end of 2019 (possibly 2020).

Work is already underway in Burton (14,000 premises), Dronfield (10,000 premises) and Thurmaston (2,000 premises), with completion expected by the end of 2019. The announcement also noted that VM had invested approximately £1bn over the past year into its network.

Julie Agnew, Executive Director for VM’s Project Lightning, said:

“We are delighted to be connecting more families and small businesses in Burton-on-Trent to our brilliant broadband service. Giving them greater speeds will enable them to do the things they need to do and love doing more quickly and more easily. Laying new fibre means we will have to dig up roads and pavements, but we will do our best to minimise any disruption to the community.”

The operator tends to use narrow trenching (where possible) in order to minimise disruption and residents are typically informed at least one week in advance of any work taking place. A Local Community Liaison Officer will apparently be available to discuss any concerns and some local meetings will also take place (apparently the details for this “will be promoted in local shop windows and on social media“).

UPDATE 3:50pm

This is a correction to the earlier story, which only headlined 14,000 additional premises but that was for Burton alone. Overall 26,000 extra premises will benefit across the three areas.

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10 Responses
  1. Avatar danny

    Has Virgin actually laid any true FTTP yet or are all the implementations still using HFC?

    • They have but refuse to split out the HFC and FTTP in their statistics, so we don’t know whether their commitment to deliver 2 million via FTTP is being realised.

    • Avatar CarlT

      The new builds are all FTTP now, Mark. Small infills to existing areas continue to be HFC for obvious reasons, nothing to justify deployment of new fibre infrastructure, but new builds are all FTTP.

      For example Middleton received HFC as FTTP was still under trials, however Robin Hood, Rothwell, etc, whose fibre actually goes through Middleton, are all FTTP. It’s cheaper, faster and more future proof to deploy.

      These rollouts will be all-FTTP unless they also include filling in a few gaps of infill here and there, those will be HFC.

  2. Avatar Techman

    Will they know exactly which properties they are going to do yet? They have indeed started in Dronfield, but looks like they are doing the opposite half of the town to me at the moment.

  3. Avatar Neb

    Are there any plans for VM connections to switch to symmetrical speeds?

    • Avatar CarlT

      Nope. Certainly not the ‘normal’ ones. Once FTTP is at a home they could offer symmetrical services but the other 13 million premises they cover have no plans for symmetrical.

  4. Avatar Daniel

    i know in burton that they have laid a lot of cable in stretton and hilton and they laid a cable from hilton down derby road to my village of tutbury and hatton but then they disappeared about a month about and haven’t been back since

    • Avatar Matt

      Not sure Tutbury even counts as a village anymore specially with the new expansion it still has the Village feel but it’s more a town size now.

    • Avatar Trev

      Hi Daniel,where abouts in Stretton have they laid cable? I live there and hoping I am eligible for this.

  5. Avatar Anon

    What a joke! I live right near there!

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