Virgin Media has dedicated to upgrading its total UK broadband community to full-fibre by 2028.
The operator’s community at present predominantly makes use of Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) expertise but in addition some Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) through Radio Frequency over Glass (RFoG). The community is at present being upgraded to assist the DOCSIS 3.1 commonplace which is because of full by the top of this yr and may deal with a peak theoretical obtain velocity of as much as 10Gbps and uploads of round 1.5Gbps.
Looking to the longer term, Virgin Media has a alternative between upgrading its community to the shiny new DOCSIS 4.0 that enhances upstream capability to 6Gbps, or go full-fibre.
Last yr, Mike Fries, CEO of Virgin Media proprietor Liberty Global, mentioned:
“When we take a look at our networks, we’ve obtained a few methods to get there with DOCSIS 4.0, the place we’d fall proper in step with the US operators, Charter and Comcast, each of whom can be pursuing a method like that.
And we might additionally use FTTP, CSPON, the place we have now, we predict, the economics to assist that form of roadmap to 10G.”
DOCSIS 4.0 wouldn’t be an affordable or quick choice relative to the improve from 3.0 to 3.1, however it will be extra so than changing the community with FTTP—not less than initially.
Virgin Media expects its FTTP rollout can be one of the vital cost-efficient fibre rollouts – costing ~£100 per premise it passes – in comparison with ~£60 for DOCSIS 4.0. However, the corporate believes FTTP can be extra cost-efficient over the long-term because it eliminates the necessity to put money into future DOCSIS variations.
Virgin Media says 1.3 million properties at present have entry to its full-fibre service. By 2028, the corporate expects 14.3 million properties can be lined. The firm says FTTP is “capable of delivering symmetrical 10Gbps download and upload speeds, and beyond.”
BT has set a aim of masking 25 million premises with full-fibre by 2026, 10.7 million greater than Virgin Media’s goal and two years earlier. However, within the meantime, Virgin Media’s increasing DOCSIS 3.1 community will proceed providing quicker connectivity than most BT connections.
Lutz Schüler, CEO of Virgin Media O2, mentioned: “Our mission is to upgrade the UK, and we are doing exactly that. This major new fibre upgrade programme will see us begin the next evolution of our network, building on the investment, firepower and leadership we already have and ensuring we’re fibre fit for the future.”
“Right now, we have the UK’s leading gigabit network, and this upgrade means we’ll be even stronger for the decades ahead, pursuing new opportunities and putting words into action.”
(Image Credit: Virgin Media)
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