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Standard User Bob_s2
(experienced) Fri 13-Feb-15 08:03:47
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Virgin Medias Project Lightning


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VM has announced a major expansion of its network it is now planning to extend it to another 4 Million homes over the next 5 years so BT is now facing a serious challenge

The budget for this roll out is £3 Billion

Full Press Release here

http://about.virginmedia.com/press-release/9467/virg...

Edited by Bob_s2 (Fri 13-Feb-15 08:37:21)

Standard User ian72
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Fri 13-Feb-15 08:39:12
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Re: Virgin Medias Project Lightning


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Be interesting to see where they do it - I am guessing a lot of people will be complaining that they are only expanding where other suppliers already have a presence.
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Fri 13-Feb-15 09:06:17
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Re: Virgin Medias Project Lightning


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Difficult to find a place where BT is not smile

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Standard User MHC
(sensei) Fri 13-Feb-15 09:39:55
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Re: Virgin Medias Project Lightning


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And the comments from Virgin's CEO that they will not be doing any rural areas - "because that is BT's job" shows just how they want to Cherry Pick again.


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Standard User Bob_s2
(experienced) Fri 13-Feb-15 09:41:05
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Re: Virgin Medias Project Lightning


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Other than BT and Kingston Comms there is no real competition. The logical thing would be to infill existing areas and provide full coverage in areas where towns only got half completed. Clearly the coverage will be focused on the urban areas rather than very rural area

The VM rollout will also force BT to look at its roll out and in particular its roll out of fibre. It has to look at bringing fibre nearer to the home or VM will run rings around BT as they can win hands down on speed
Standard User Bob_s2
(experienced) Fri 13-Feb-15 09:47:49
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Re: Virgin Medias Project Lightning


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VM is a pure commercial operator BT is not. The government subsidised rollout is bring Broadband to rural areas. VM are hardly going to try to compete with a subsidised rollout
Standard User MHC
(sensei) Fri 13-Feb-15 09:51:19
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The total usual rubbish from you.

There is NOTHING to stop VM putting rolling out to rural areas - they just don't want to spend money where the return is likely to be negative and cannot be bothered to bid for any subsidies.

And will Virgin provide service to my village? NO. Is it being subsidised? NO Is BT planning upgrades yes, and at their own cost.


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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Fri 13-Feb-15 10:19:38
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Re: Virgin Medias Project Lightning


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Cough G.Fast

Yes DOCSIS will be out to out pace it, but that has not stopped millions picking BT or others with the FTTC network.

The shouting about BT does hide the reality that Sky, TalkTalk could start to grab all new build estates etc if the CityFibre work takes off. Sky catching up and becoming a 1 to 2 million home vertically integrated TV/broadband operator is more scary than BT I'd suggest.

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Standard User Bob_s2
(experienced) Fri 13-Feb-15 11:05:50
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With them looking at covering 4M homes they have to be looking at the larger rural towns. Most of the cities are covered as are most of the larger towns
Standard User MHC
(sensei) Fri 13-Feb-15 11:13:57
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What part of the CEOs comment that they will "GAP FILL and not expand to rural areas" do you not understand?


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