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Virgin Media UK Bring FTTP to 3,600 Old Whittington Homes

Monday, August 17th, 2020 (1:43 pm) - Score 2,133
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Broadband ISP and TV provider Virgin Media UK (Liberty Global) has completed another network extension, which this time sees 3,600 homes in the large Derbyshire village of Old Whittington – population of around 4,200 – gaining access to their gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) service.

The deployment forms part of the operator’s £3bn Project Lightning build, which originally aimed to add an additional 4 million premises to their UK coverage by 2020, but so far they’ve only completed 2.3 million. The operator tends to use a mix of FTTP via Radio Frequency Over Glass (RFoG) and also Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) technology – both methods make use of the DOCSIS standard so as to harness the same consumer hardware.

Virgin Media is currently also rolling out a DOCSIS 3.1 network upgrade across the United Kingdom, which by the end of 2021 aims to have made download speeds of 1Gbps+ possible across their entire network (here). Outside of those areas you can expect average speeds of up to 516Mbps from their top EuroDOCSIS 3.0 based packages, which will soon be rising to 600Mbps on their top Ultimate Oomph TV bundle.

Hugh Woolford, Regional Director for VM East Midlands, said:

“This is great news for Old Whittingham, which now has some of the fastest broadband speeds in the country. This boost for 3,600 additional premises will make it easier for residents to work, stream, shop, learn and much more, all online.”

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UPDATE:

It’s actually Old Whittington, not Old Whittingham as in the press release.

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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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3 Responses
  1. Archie says:

    Isn’t it Old Whittington?

    1. Tom says:

      I think they must mean that, I’ve never heard of Old Whittingham, and neither has Google…

  2. simon says:

    Whats the point, they can’t do a decent job of running what they already have.

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