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Engineers laid a fibre cable right outside my property but......

Ballyhooo

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We live in the outskirts of a largish village where Virgin Media have a full fibre network that they inherited from NTL. For those of us who are not in the centre of the village, we are served by FTTC with download speeds of c 45mbps to my property. Two or three weeks ago, engineers (contractors, not OR) installed a fibre optic cable from the nearest FTTC cabinet to us all the way to the next village that's a couple of miles away using the existing Post Office underground culverts. I talked to the engineers who said that it was for OR and the premises the cable passes - including us - should be able to get FTTP soon.

I've been onto the OR website but that says there are no plans to bring FTTP to our postcode and Virgin are not responding to my enquiry to see if it's them who are expanding their network. Is there any way of finding out who's installed the fibre cable that goes past our property? I'd rather explore any existing possibilities first rather than go down the community fibre partnership route......
 

Mark.J

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You can also check availability/plans via the Virgin Media website:


But if it's Openreach it might be worth emailing them directly to ask. Alternatively your area may have a BDUK supported superfast broadband programme and in that case it might be worth asking via one of those.
 

Ballyhooo

Member
You can also check availability/plans via the Virgin Media website:


But if it's Openreach it might be worth emailing them directly to ask. Alternatively your area may have a BDUK supported superfast broadband programme and in that case it might be worth asking via one of those.
Thanks Mark - Appreciate the rapid reply. I've had an email conversation with OR who said as part of a long message :"For now we don't have any plans to bring FTTP to your area. " which is pretty emphatic! I'm still waiting for Virgin to reply to my original enquiry about which of their services are available in my post code & that is the same online form as the link you've kindly sent. That was 2 weeks ago so I'm not optimistic that if I fill out the form again that the response will be any different - i.e. none! I've had a look at BDUK and although my local county council is part of the scheme, it's all about targets being met by certain dates, not by who or how they are going to be achieved. Sadly the listed providers do not appear to be installing full fibre in our area. I've contacted the local parish council to see if they have any idea who installed the cable & am waiting for their reply. Without knowing who installed it & for whom, it'll be hard to go much further rather than down the community fibre partnership route I suspect. There's no central registry anywhere of who is installing fibre optic at a local level is there?
 
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