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Virgin Media with FTTH for six villages in Leicestershire
Saturday 12 December 2015 13:34:54 by Andrew Ferguson

Narrow trenching used in Virgin Media Project Lightning
Project Lightning team with example of Virgin Media fibre roll-out

Project Lightning from Virgin Media that should see the cable providers footprint rise from just under 50% to around two thirds of UK premises has announced some news for six villages on the southern edge of Leicester that will actually be getting Fibre to the Home from the project.

Blaby, Countesthorpe and Enderby residents may find that some of them are actually able to order in these closing two weeks of 2015 and the other villages of Whetstone, Narborough and Cosby should all be able in early 2016. Not that this should be a surprise for those living in the area as the 100m a day covered by the trenching teams should be very obvious to anyone in the area. The roll-out is which utilising DOCSIS cable hardware inside peoples homes is actually a full Fibre to the Home roll-out, the optics utilising RFOG (Radio Frequency over Glass), so removing the old coax element but allowing Virgin Media to still use the same TiVo and cable modem hardware as in the rest of the UK. The standard set of product speeds of 50, 100 and 200 Mbps will be available at the usual pricing.

While many of the people in the area will have access to FTTC via the pyramid of providers serviced by Openreach there will be those for who this is their first superfast option and without the vagaries of wiring in the home causing problems.

In terms of coverage statistics for the area, we usually don't add new Virgin Media areas until we've seen the first live users, so there won't be any jump in the coverage figures for the area until early 2016.

We know some people say that basic superfast speeds of 24 or 30 Mbps are not enough, hence why we already track coverage at 50 Mbps and faster, and with Project Lightning cranking up the roll-out speed, figures like 62.01% of UK premises having the option of a 50 Mbps connection should rise, 49.83% Scotland, Wales 40.46%, Northern Ireland 38.59% (based on Openreach, KC and Virgin Media coverage, alt-nets like Gigaclear and Hyperoptic will be added in 2016 once the 90% superfast barrier is breached).


Posted by generallee94 about 1 year ago
Hmmm, just another story about a rural area with smaller bandwidth requirement than an urban area getting "real 21st century fibre" connectivity whilst urban areas see neighbours fighting for bandwidth on some battered old copper/aluminium cabling...

Nice too see the existing customer are appreciated... oh hang on...
Posted by Dixinormous about 1 year ago
That is not a rural area. Even if it were why would the people there have a smaller bandwidth requirement?

I have no idea what this new build has to do with existing customers.
Posted by rtho782 about 1 year ago
So really, for the End User, this makes absolutely no difference?

Perhaps less contention?
Posted by generallee94 about 1 year ago
The area certainly isnt as urban as Birmingham or London say.... So less users, smaller bandwidth requirment....
Posted by comnut about 1 year ago
and how do you define 'rural' and 'urban' ???
If it is by population size, it is the same old chestnut of fighting for 'open space', too many people grabbing a *limited* resource, etc, etc...
I REMIND you again, Virgin users will be sharing with almost 5 million other customers... so If you want FAST upload speeds, and other *specialist* stuff, go look for a much smaller ISP, eg Entanet or Zen..

if you want 'big upload' speed,
Posted by comnut about 1 year ago
then check this list!
Posted by leexgx about 1 year ago
upload speed on VDSL is dependant on the distance to the cab (Virgin highest speed you get at least 12mb, well until you use it to much then 3-4mb)
Posted by generallee94 about 1 year ago
@comnut - I'm not sure why your going off about upload speeds, I mentioned no such thing... my definition of the difference between rural and urban would be a 100-1000 rural and 5000-10000 urban... FYI already a Zen Business Cust...

my issue here is that these mall area's are getting a future proofed network... fine it probably won't have the ability to work at its highest but it will do more than the thousands of meters of coax in the ground in most the country already... (note: copper/alum pair for OR net.)
Posted by generallee94 about 1 year ago

I somehow don't think Virgin are installing FTTH in there network expansion in South London.... why not?
Posted by comnut about 1 year ago
generallee94: you forget there are lots of *others* continually moaning about it...
Posted by comnut about 1 year ago
generallee94: there is a chronic lack of 'open space' in London too..(I mean in cable trunking) also lots of company competition from those giving > 50Mbps uploads :)
Posted by R0NSKI about 1 year ago
Well if Virgin are running new cables in new areas or expanding areas then it makes sense to make that fibre cable rather than coax cable. To be honest it would be crazy to dig a trench and put coax in.
Posted by generallee94 about 1 year ago
well Ronski its sounds to me that the expansion program in area's like London with an existing infrastructure with miles may well just be adding further FTTN loops to the already busy headend, obviously this will save them the cash having to setup new headend equipment and network infrastructure..

meanwhile the area's being "Fibre'd" are probably connecting to a brand newly built network and headend "perhaps"...
Posted by comnut about 1 year ago
R0NSKI you are missing the point... all 'cable' ISPs use optical fiber.. Coax is only used either from the Cabinet, or from the adapter at your home..
Posted by comnut about 1 year ago
Posted by comnut about 1 year ago
and VM is having problems with councils that prefer 4g...
Posted by leexgx about 1 year ago
thats silly as wireless has a finite capacity and has very low 2-20GB limits
Posted by comnut about 1 year ago
It is not the 4g that has a limit! It is the mobile provider that restricts it...

And 4G (without being slowed by a limited capacity mobile phone) can do 1GBps... :)

In the real world though, councils are lazy, and VM would be MUCH more reliable!!!
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) about 1 year ago
Swindon has always favoured wireless tech.
Posted by leexgx about 1 year ago
you twisting my words a little or maybe not understanding that wireless has limited capacity

if too many people use wireless it goes slow or even falls apart, you're Limited by the Radio bandwidth side not hardline side of the mast

4G does support some high speeds (150mb is norm standard now) but you need the more then a block of 10-20mhz to go past that (witch only EE can do)
Posted by comnut about 1 year ago
here is my source, look at their list of speeds...

If you are not *exact* how am I to know what you are talking about??

maybe YOU should do some research??
Posted by jabuzzard about 1 year ago

You clearly don't understand the concept of limit capacity of wireless. There is a finite amount of bandwidth capacity in the spectrum so if more and more people start using that finite amount of bandwidth you start getting less and less throughput/speed.

On the other hand every single fibre optic cable creates new capacity that is independent from the other connections. You could therefore support 1000 users at 1Gbps with fibre, you will never ever be able to do that with wireless.
Posted by comnut about 1 year ago

may I ask, do you *live* in Leicestershire ????

It may be worthwhile directing your energy at the *council* and their lazy weasel ways, trying to avoid all the paperwork and time arguing with residents to get permissions for digging the road up...

and maybe someone else can say why wireless is so good compared to fibre???? :) :)
Posted by chrysalis about 1 year ago
I think rural leicester has better broadband than urban leicester.
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