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Virgin Media Build FTTP Broadband to 11000 Carrickfergus Premises

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 (10:09 am) - Score 3,142
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Cable ISP Virgin Media UK has announced that their 362Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based ultrafast broadband and TV network is being expanded to cover 11,000 additional homes and businesses around the large County Antrim town of Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland.

The new deployment appears to form part of the provider’s previous commitment to cover an additional 50,000 premises in Northern Ireland (here), which is said by some to reflect a £65m investment. Virgin recently completed a big chunk of that by enabling 24,000 extra premises in Bangor (here), which is in addition to the 5,000 in Ballyclare and 1,200 in Portadown that are also set to benefit (here).

As usual all of this forms part of their on-going £3bn Project Lightning network extension, which aims to extend their Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) and pure Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based EuroDOCSIS network to reach an additional 3-4 million premises by around 2019/20 (this could push their largely urban coverage to reach around 60% of the UK).

Cllr Lindsay Millar said (News Letter):

“Following extensive engagement with stakeholders, we have pursued the need to build upon our existing broadband capabilities and help improve the digital connectivity throughout the area. This is a great economic and social boost for those living and working in and around Carrickfergus.

We can assure our local residents and business owners that we will be working closely with Virgin Media to help mitigate any concerns or issues leading up to and during the roll out.”

The first installation work should begin soon and has been timed to align with other planned work along Marshallstown Road and Lancasterian Street, which should reduce disruption. Apparently an information event will be held on 12th December (7pm to 8.30pm) in the Conference suite, Carrickfergus Marina, to discuss the work.

Under the original plan around half of the new Project Lightning premises would be reached via FTTP, which adapts to DOCSIS signals (the communication standard for cable operators) in the home environment via an approach known as Radio Frequency over Glass (RFoG).

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10 Responses
  1. Avatar FullFibre

    At that information event Cllr Lindsay Millar and residents should raise the issue of upload speed. Even in their FTTP areas Virgin Media are offering the same speed as their hybrid copper network when it should be capable of a lot more. Why?

    • Avatar Mike

      Currently no or very little market incentive to raise it further.

    • It’s also partly to do with the fact that Virgin has this habit of waiting until their entire network can deliver a faster speed, before actually making it available.

    • Avatar FullFibre

      Mike, oh come on, where was the damand for the internet before it was invented. I don’t buy this no demand argument. If it’s available it will get taken up, maybe not by an instant flood of orders but certainly as time goes by and more uses for it open up it will get taken up.

      Mark, I can understand them wanting to do that but in this case where much higher speeds are there waiting and the rest of the network is realisticly never going to be able to match even a small increase, I think it’s daft to gimp yourself for the sake of advertising.

  2. Avatar Craig in Bristol

    Can’t wait for full fibre in Bristol. With competition between providers we should get decent pricing and the possibility of multiple physical networks.

  3. Avatar Terry O'Toole

    I wonder is there anywhere on the Internet that details Virgin Media’s plans for expansion in Northern Ireland? Much of the current work has been done to expand the base to towns that have previously been just a few miles outside of Greater Belfast and Derry city, but Portadown is interesting as it is a good bit further away from Belfast that Bangor or Carrickfergus.

  4. Avatar ATotalJoke

    Doyty doyty do gets fibre, doesn’t know why he needs it. Doesn’t really want it.
    Meanwhile, in England, 54 million people. <1 million can get fibre. Where does the fibre go ? To farmer giles who a) doesn't need it … b) doesn't want it …. c) doesn't know the difference between VDSL "fibre" and actual real fibre. I work online. I run a web shop. I *need* fibre (I don't need 300mbit cable, I need upload bandwidth) and I can't have it. And I live in a town of 150,000 inhabitants but I still can't have it. I can have cable, with 7 mbit upload and super fast downloads from 9am to 4pm (after which it's no better than 80mbit VDSL) and all I really want is an actual, real, proper fibre connection with more than 20mbits up. Can't have it.

    But don't you worry laddy…. Irish Micky who lives in the middle of fuppin nowhere can….

    • Avatar Steveoceedotcodotuk

      You do realise that Farmer Giles has monumental amounts of online paperwork that needs filling in to log what his animals do don’t you? Certainly so in the milk industry where each animal is logged to the amount they produce, day & time? One of the biggest jokes is that process was taken online when almost all of the users are based in rural locations.
      So he does need it and does want it. Your last point is mute, what does it matter if it’s delivered over VDSL, ADSL, Ethernet, FWA or Pigeon? Fast & reliable is what matters.

      I am sure that running a webshop you understand the need also for 99.99% uptime availability so you wouldn’t dream of running your shop from standard services and you are in the % who actually pay for a business leased line that has real SLA’s in case it breaks. Or not as you seem to be moaning about the drawbacks of DSL based services?

      Internet provisions certainly need to be increased upon, I won’t argue that but everyone has a use case for it. Because you don’t understand it doesn’t mean it isn’t important.

    • Avatar CarlT

      Wow. What a reprehensible comment. I would understand it if you were stuck on 2Mb ADSL, maybe, but when you’ve cable?

    • Avatar Mark

      It’s being installed outside my house in Portadown as we speak, I think I’ll sign up and not even use it at all. It’s brilliant, we only got electricity last year and now this.

      What’s a web shop?

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