Our village is currently having FTTP installed (we were in the last 30 to vote to get it so it really is FTTP not FTTC). Does anybody know how this will be terminated in the house is we go for it? Will they have a fibre patch panel that we then take from?
All Virgins TV boxes & BB hubs have coaxial connections, so whether you are on an RFoG (Radio Frequency over Glass) connection or old fashioned HFC (Hybrid Fibre Coaxial), the service they receive has to be the same.
Instead of fibre terminating at a node cabinet in the street as with HFC, it terminates in a powered box on your front wall, where everything is converted to copper coax to feed your equipment.
Cable customer since 1993. Services: FH TV, Sky Sports & Movies (2xV6), Talk Anytime Phone, VIVID 350, Virgin PAYG Mobile
Does FTTP really provide much real world improvement over FTTC given that in most cases it's only replacing a relatively short run of coax from the street cabinet to the property, or is it all just a bit of a gimmick and marketing hype?
Virgin's FTTP and FTTN installs offer exactly the same Broadband and TV services for now. Fibre installs in most places can't currently get phone services, however this won't be the case forever, and in some places a phone service is now possible.
The short term advantage of Virgin Media's FTTP is the reduced cost of installation. Some of the new-to-cable areas currently in the Virgin Media network expansion might not have been included if it wasn't for the FTTP install improvements.
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