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Standard User MrSpeedyGonzales
(newbie) Thu 27-Feb-20 08:49:35
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FTTP/Virgin media work in Shrewsbury?


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Virgin Media is not in this town, yet roadworks is showing a lot of Virgin Media work in this area.
From roadworks:
LAY APPROX 620M OF MICRO-TUBE IN FOOTWAY AND APPROX 30M IN CARRIAGEWAY, BUILD CONNECTING TEES AND CABINETS


Are we getting Virgin Media or have they been contracted by Openreach to install FTTP? BT ADSL checker doesn't show anything new and the Virgin Media website still states I'm not in a Virgin Media area.

If I expand the date range shown on roadworks it shows much of the immediate area being worked on by Virgin Media.

Anyone have any info or idea what could be going on? Have Virgin Media been known to carry out fiber laying work on behalf of Openreach?
Standard User CarlTSpeak
(member) Thu 27-Feb-20 08:52:31
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Re: FTTP/Virgin media work in Shrewsbury?


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You're getting Virgin Media/ Liberty Fibre FTTP.

If someone were contracted to do work for Openreach it'd be Openreach on the roadworks, and they'd be using existing poles and ducts where possible rather than digging everywhere.

Checker won't update until available most likely.

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Standard User MrSpeedyGonzales
(newbie) Thu 27-Feb-20 08:59:29
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Re: FTTP/Virgin media work in Shrewsbury?


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Thanks, anywhere I can find out more about the rollout in Shrewsbury? Also would this mean I'd have to switch to Virgin Media to receive the service? I'm on Sky FTTC right now with the regular SkyHD satellite TV service.

Also I should note I can already see them digging outside.

Edited by MrSpeedyGonzales (Thu 27-Feb-20 09:10:21)


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Standard User candlerb
(experienced) Thu 27-Feb-20 09:24:13
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Re: FTTP/Virgin media work in Shrewsbury?


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Also would this mean I'd have to switch to Virgin Media to receive the service?


Yes. Virgin Media don't wholesale to other operators (at least not yet - it's been rumoured they're considering this)
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Thu 27-Feb-20 09:50:40
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Re: FTTP/Virgin media work in Shrewsbury?


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You will be able to retain the Sky Satellite TV service if you want to.

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Standard User MrSpeedyGonzales
(newbie) Thu 27-Feb-20 09:58:09
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Re: FTTP/Virgin media work in Shrewsbury?


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Well I think the plan was to go with Sky Q eventually but I don't know how that would play out now.

Any ideas what kinds of speeds one could expect with this new Virgin Media/ Liberty fibre venture?
Standard User ian72
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 27-Feb-20 10:39:25
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Re: FTTP/Virgin media work in Shrewsbury?


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You can use Sky Q on pretty much any ISP - you don't have to be with Sky for the TV box to work fully (the only difference is you lose some of the WiFi mesh networking capabilities but I use Sky Q with BT FTTP and it is fully capable).

Virgin provide high speed packages and because of the way they deliver it isn't limited by the distance of lines - if you order a 200Mb package then it will be connected at 200Mb (although contention still kicks in but you don't hear such bad stories these days about over contended links).
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(staff) Thu 27-Feb-20 11:12:08
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Speed options are 100 Mbps, 200 Mbps, 350 Mbps and 500 Mbps currently.

A few areas have access to a 1100 Mbps tier too.

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Standard User threelegs
(member) Thu 27-Feb-20 15:16:00
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could be fun trying to dig a trench underwater at present god i feel sorry for all the people flooded out!
Standard User MrSpeedyGonzales
(newbie) Fri 28-Feb-20 09:12:51
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In reply to a post by ian72:
You can use Sky Q on pretty much any ISP - you don't have to be with Sky for the TV box to work fully (the only difference is you lose some of the WiFi mesh networking capabilities but I use Sky Q with BT FTTP and it is fully capable).

Virgin provide high speed packages and because of the way they deliver it isn't limited by the distance of lines - if you order a 200Mb package then it will be connected at 200Mb (although contention still kicks in but you don't hear such bad stories these days about over contended links).

I was thinking more along the lines of keeping costs down and consolidating services, guess it would work out more expensive to keep the Sky TV and have Virgin media for internet.
In reply to a post by MrSaffron:
Speed options are 100 Mbps, 200 Mbps, 350 Mbps and 500 Mbps currently.

A few areas have access to a 1100 Mbps tier too.

You think its likely to be the 1100mbps installed around here given its all brand new infrastructure and BT have gigabit options in newer estates?
In reply to a post by threelegs:
could be fun trying to dig a trench underwater at present god i feel sorry for all the people flooded out!

Well thankfully the water has gone down a couple meters since we we're on the news but its expected to rise again as the next storm comes in.

It got right up to the front of the town walls WNSY exchange, any higher and ground floor equipment would of been submerged. Picture

Edited by MrSpeedyGonzales (Fri 28-Feb-20 09:27:41)

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