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Virgin Media UK Add 2,300 Premises in Bury to FTTP Broadband

Monday, March 23rd, 2020 (11:18 am) - Score 918
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Cable and full fibre ISP Virgin Media UK has today confirmed that they’ve just completed another network expansion of their 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband and TV network to cover 2,300 extra homes and businesses in the Greater Manchester town of Bury.

As usual this effort forms part of Virgin Media’s £3bn Project Lightning build, which originally aimed to add an additional 4 million premises to their UK coverage (so far they’ve completed c.2.1 million) using a mix of FTTP via Radio Frequency Over Glass (RFoG) and Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) technology. Both methods make use of the DOCSIS standard so as to harness the same consumer hardware.

Last October the operator also announced that Bury would be one of the towns in the Manchester area to benefit from their new 1Gbps DOCIS 3.1 network upgrade (here), although interestingly today’s announcements states that only “some” premises in the town can receive this (the others are still limited to their 500Mbps tier). Virgin hopes to expand D3.1 to cover all 15 million of their premises by the end of 2021.

Paul Hutchinson, VM’s Regional Director for North West, said:

“This is great news for Bury residents who can now enjoy the benefits of our ultrafast broadband and entertainment services. Whether this is streaming the latest hit TV series or movies or video calling family and friends, everything is possible on our network.”

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4 Responses
  1. Avatar Dave Scott says:

    This is just sending mixed messages. How can it be FULL FIBRE if they use Fibre to the cabinet and Hybrid Fibre Coax HFC. That’s cooper

    1. Mark Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      Virgin has two networks that operate side-by-side, in some areas, using the same underlying DOCSIS communication standard. So they use HFC and, more recently, have been deploying FTTP. In the above news the extra 2,300 premises are FTTP.

    2. Avatar Archie says:

      Cooper haha!

  2. Avatar Dave Scott says:

    Lol I meant copper Archie

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