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Virgin Media and Nexfibre’s FTTP Reaches 20,000 Extra Yeovil Homes

Friday, Jul 5th, 2024 (9:59 am) - Score 960
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Network operator nexfibre, which shares some of their parentage with UK broadband ISP partner Virgin Media (O2), has today announced that they’ve added 20,000 additional homes in the Somerset (England) town of Yeovil to the coverage of their new 2Gbps speed Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP / XGS-PON) broadband network.

The roll-out should give a boost to the town, but it’s worth noting that Yeovil is already well covered by full fibre lines from Openreach and Jurassic Fibre (All Points Fibre). A little bit of Gigaclear and Wessex Internet can also be found in the area. Confusingly, Virgin’s press release also mentions a figure of both “18,000” and “more than 20,000” homes for Yeovil, so we’ve picked the roundest number.

NOTE: Virgin Media is the only ISP on nexfibre’s network via an “exclusive partnership” (here), but they’re planning to add more providers in the future (here). Virgin’s own network will shortly also open up to wholesale via NetCo (here).

Nexfibre has already covered over 1 million premises across the UK with their new full fibre network, and they’re currently in the process of investing another £1bn during 2024, which should enable them to cover an additional 1 million UK premises (on top of their existing footprint).

Just for some context. Telefónica, Liberty Global and InfraVia Capital Partners originally setup the new £4.5bn nexfibre joint venture in 2022 (here), which aims to deploy an open access fibre network to reach “up to” 7 million UK homes (starting with 5m by 2026) in areas NOT currently served by Virgin Media’s network of 16m+ premises. The funding reflects £3.3bn of fully underwritten financing and up to £1.4bn in equity commitments.

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6 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Mot says:

    You’ll be making an announcement regarding expansion in Cannock, Staffs soon too. I can’t find any public info, other than Nexfibre roadworks on one.network and BIDB regarding the expansion.

    My property will have access to FTTP from Openreach, Zzoomm, Virgin/Nexfibre and if they ever make it live, Lilaconnect. 5G from 3 and EE also over 600mbits/s. The overbuild is baffling.

    1. Avatar photo MICHAEL says:

      @Mot same in Crewe, Cheshire

    2. Avatar photo Mot says:

      Which did you opt for? I went with Zzoomm. They haven’t been faultless, certainly not as good as the openreach line at my last property in terms of reliability, but I have the option to plug my phone into my router on the occasions that Zzoomm does fail me.

      I just re-contracted and dropped from 1gig to 500mbit/s to stay at the £30 price point

    3. Avatar photo O says:

      Same for Colchester, no public info but lots of roadworks, lots of cabs and lots of permits. Weirdly some of the areas are covered entirely by cable so not too sure what’s going on.

  2. Avatar photo A Stevens says:

    So there are places like Yeovil that can get 3 or 4 different fibre networks; while huge swathes of medium cities, like Gloucester, can still get ZERO. We have Virgin Media, but that’s a cable monopoly (until the wholesaling finally happens); so if we don’t want Virgin, we’re still stuck with copper. Openreach and CityFibre, and all the altnets, have so far abandoned 40,000 people that ought to be easy to connect. What’s going on?

    1. Avatar photo Josh Welby says:

      Same here in Edgware, North West London
      Only got one FTTP line and that is from Community Fibre
      Openreach and Virgin still not available yet
      and no other Alter-net available as yet

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