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Virgin Media O2 Engineers Holding Fibre Cables

16th February, 2024 (88 Comments)

Broadband ISP Virgin Media (VMO2) and its shareholders (Liberty Global and Telefónica) have this afternoon finally announced plans to “create the biggest direct network challenger to BT Openreach in UK history“, which for the first time will open their existing fixed line broadband network up to wholesale by other internet service providers.

Virgin Media O2 Engineer Working Inside FTTP Cabinet

16th February, 2024 (15 Comments)

Broadband ISP and mobile giant VMO2 (Virgin Media and O2) has today published their Q4 2023 results, which suggests that their full fibre (FTTP) coverage via nexfibre has grown to add another c.299,000 premises (up from 251k in Q3) and Virgin’s fixed broadband base slowed its growth to 5,717,600 (up by 9.5k in Q4 vs 40.8k in Q3).

Virgin-Media-O2-Office-Building-Logo

14th February, 2024 (27 Comments)

The release of the latest monthly UK inflation figures, which saw the Retail Price Index (RPI) fall to 4.9% (down from 13.4% at this time last year), means that UK customers of Virgin Media and O2 can now confirm how much they’re going to be impacted by the operator’s next round of annual price hikes.

Virgin-Media-O2-UK-Gig2-Hub-5x-Router

7th February, 2024 (106 Comments)

Broadband ISP Virgin Media (VMO2) has this morning announced that they’ve become the first “major” UK internet provider to publicly launch a residential 2Gbps broadband package (Gig2 Full Fibre). On top of that, they’re also introducing symmetrical download and upload speeds as an optional add-on. But initially only for nexfibre areas.

Central London UK Broadband Picture 2024 - 123rf

31st January, 2024 (5 Comments)

The Local London organisation, which is one of four sub-regional partnerships in the UK’s capital city, has today published a new Digital Infrastructure Strategy, which among other things aims to tackle over 150,000 premises in south and east London that “do not have access to high speed – Gigabit capable – internet connections“.

world broadband connectivity

20th January, 2024 (32 Comments)

The latest research from Point Topic has revealed that world fixed broadband lines grew by 1.6% (22.39 million) in Q3 2023 to total 1.42 billion connections, which compares with 1.87% (24.59m) in the same quarter last year. But the subscriber growth rate of “full fibre” (FTTP/B) networks in the UK almost stalled in the latest quarter.

10th January, 2024 (6 Comments)

Civil UK engineering firm Comex 2000 has announced that they’re expanding their operations into Scotland, which forms part of an effort to grow their support for Virgin Media (VMO2’s) rollout of Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based gigabit broadband ISP infrastructure. This will also create 300 new jobs over the next 2 years.

uk shadow map

2nd January, 2024 (19 Comments)

The latest UK summary of fixed broadband coverage for H2 2023 has found that “full fibre” (FTTP) ISP networks have grown to reach 60.54% of premises (up from 52.77% in H1 2023) and 79.86% are within reach of “gigabit” speeds (up from 76.22%). Continue on to see details for England, Wales, Scotland and N.Ireland.

13th December, 2023 (57 Comments)

The UK telecoms, media and internet content regulator, Ofcom, has today introduced new guidelines that will effectively only allow broadband ISPs to use terms like “fibre” and “full-fibre” on their websites, and in contracts, if their network brings fibre optic cables all the way to your home (i.e. FTTP / FTTH).

virgin media van at dusk 2020

7th December, 2023 (13 Comments)

In somewhat of an industry first, Virgin Media (VMO2) has today announced that they’re launching a new awareness campaign for their cheaper broadband social tariffs, which will see the ISP contacting every one of their 5 million UK customers to make them aware of the option and offer to support those struggling with bills. O2 also plan a mobile social tariff.

Internet Download High Speed Concept Illustration. 1 Gbps in Focus. Global Broadband Networks Speed 3D.

6th December, 2023 (18 Comments)

The latest independent data has revealed that a shade over 80% of “homes” across the United Kingdom can now access a gigabit-capable broadband ISP connection (1000Mbps+), which is up from just over 72% at the end of last year. The figure drops to 60% when only looking at Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) technology (up from 45%).

Big Ben, Westminster Bridge and Houses of Parliament - 123rf

22nd November, 2023 (12 Comments)

The Chancellor of the UK government, Jeremy Hunt, has today given his 2023 Autumn Statement, which among other things has announced that the new “Full Expensing” policy will be made permanent. The change will help some full fibre broadband and mobile operators to bring down the cost of their network roll-outs. Planning tweaks are also coming.

virgin_media_gigabits_van

21st November, 2023 (23 Comments)

UK ISP Virgin Media (VMO2) appears to be conducting yet another trial of 2Gbps download speeds (we make this their 4th or 5th in so many years), but this time around they’ve managed to ramp the upload speed back up to 200Mbps. But so far as we can tell, this is currently only being tested on some of their latest XGS-PON lines.

Virgin-Media-O2-Office-Building-Logo

1st November, 2023 (15 Comments)

Broadband ISP and mobile giant VMO2 (Virgin Media and O2) has published their Q3 2023 results, which sees their UK full fibre (FTTP) coverage via nexfibre expand to another 250,800 premises (up from 175.5k in Q2) and their fixed broadband base rise to 5,708,100 (up by 40.8k in Q3 vs -15.3k in Q2). VMO2 has also sold a 16.67% stake in Cornerstone for £360m.

Virgin-Media-O2-Female-Fibre-Splicer

19th October, 2023 (5 Comments)

Broadband ISP Virgin Media (VMO2) has confirmed that they and nexfibre have just completed the expansion of their 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP / XGS-PON) network to serve an addition 24,000 homes and businesses in the West Yorkshire (England) Cathedral City of Wakefield.

finger touching fiber optic on technology background

17th October, 2023 (31 Comments)

Ofcom has today published the latest edition of their forecast for Planned Network Deployments, which predicts that the full fibre (FTTP) broadband ISP lines are on course to cover 91% (27 million premises) of all UK properties by May 2026 – rising to 94% for “gigabit-capable” networks (i.e. FTTP and Cable).

Virgin Media Business UK Hitron CHITA Router

13th October, 2023 (8 Comments)

Customers of UK broadband ISP Virgin Media O2 Business (VMO2), specifically those with a Static IP address assigned to their connection, are reporting that the provider suffered a major service outage yesterday that appears to have started at around midnight the day before and is still be impacting some users this morning.

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