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Virgin Media UK Extend FTTP a Little in Blackburn and Darwen

Saturday, October 24th, 2020 (1:36 am) - Score 2,256
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Broadband ISP and TV operator Virgin Media have just completed a small extension of their gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network in the Lancashire (England) towns of Blackburn and Darwen, which now covers an additional 1,200 homes.

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 has so far 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.

Meanwhile Virgin Media is also rolling out their latest 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 existing EuroDOCSIS 3.0 based packages, which will soon rise to 600Mbps via their top Ultimate Oomph TV bundle.

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  1. Avatar Andy says:

    Forgive my ignorance, but is their actual FTTP rollout replacing existing cable infrastructure? or is it only for new areas?

    1. Mark Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      It’s an extension, going to new areas beyond their existing network.

  2. Avatar Zakir says:

    Virgin are no good in to provide fast broadband to Flats which I live in I’m in East London area E3

    That is why I’m lucky enough to have Three 5G broadband its not official from Three network that my area is 5G what they told me and on the website they are expanding in my area but they are testing it that’s why I get 5G signal

    1. Avatar JitteryPinger says:

      Assuming your renting it would of been down to landlord or developers to work with Virgin to connect them to the network.

      Virgin aren’t going to start putting in service where it can’t, landlords don’t like people running cables where they haven’t.

    2. Avatar LB says:

      Pretty sure VM won’t install in those areas as it’s quite expensive. Hyperoptic etc are the ones that normally install in flats in East London.

  3. Avatar Chris May says:

    Good luck to the residents. I made contact with Virgin Media on 9 October and am still waiting, after 15 days, for my promised call back to join their service. Their customer service team, based overseas, needs shaking up. On Monday, I am going to ditch my efforts and take up a new service with Vodafone instead. There seems little point in Virgin Media improving their infrastructure when they can’t get the basics of customer service right.

    1. Avatar Polish Economic Migrant says:

      Hahaha, good luck with Vodafone. I wouldn’t be surprised if they have call centre in the same building as Virgin while hiring the same people for this. I switched from Vodafone to Zen because it was nearly impossible to contact someone alive in their customer support.

  4. Avatar Mark Anthony Mark says:

    When will come to Hull 5G home

  5. Avatar Kris says:

    Thanks for this article Mark

    Is there any information as to why the Virgin roll-out is behind schedule? Is this about prioritising the DOCSIS 3.1 network upgrade?

    “4 million premises to their UK coverage by 2020 but has so far only completed 2.3 million”

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