A company is digging up pavements locally to install its ‘full fibre’ network with up to a gigabit speed. This network has no copper cable in the distribution between the exchange and home. I currently have 350k Virgin Media broadband which I understood to be fibre, but sounds like not completely. Anyone know what part of my current provision is and is not fibre, and whether VM will be able to take advantage of the new network ?
Virgin Media have their own network. In some places this a 'Hybrid Fibre Coax' network and in others it's a full fibre network. Currently Virgin Media offer the same services over both types of their network - including 1Gbps in selected cities.
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Thanks for all the replies, some useful information there. 350k is fine ATM but its good to know network upgrades will bring 1Gbps in due course. In the meantime, it’ll be interesting to see what Cityfibre have to offer.
A pity that Virgin Media don't have to provide third party access to their infrastructure, so that I could choose a different ISP! Come on Openreach, I want FTTP!
Infrastructure sharing at local level will never happen in areas that are HFC, as the alternate kit would have to go in at EVERY single street cabinet. These would have to double in size along with many ducting changes. Also providers would have to occupy space at Virgins headends as well as at local BT exchanges, duplicating infrastructure. Virgins FTTP only occupies 5 - 10% of the local network, & with HFC working well in tests up to 10Gbps I cant see the rest of it being upgraded anytime soon.
Thats sticking your cable through someone else's ducting (oooh err misus)
I was referring to the Liberty Fibre goings on. Looks to be shaping up as much of a partnership with Open reach provider(s) as an exercise in accounting Ultimately, that could deliver VM "badged" FTTP where they have no footprint.
As a Very Insightful Person, I'm here to share my knowledge. I don't work for Virgin Media.