Virgin Media O2 has announced plans to upgrade its fixed network to full fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) by 2028. Total Telecom writes that the newly-merged provider is expected to complete the upgrade of its HFC network to DOCSIS 3.1 by the end of 2021 (currently 47% complete), enabling it to provide peak speeds of 1.1Gbps across its entire network. The planned rollout of FTTP, meanwhile, will support symmetrical speeds of 10Gbps and will cover a total of 14.3 million premises, in addition to the 1.2 million already passed by the Virgin Media O2’s fibre network. According to the operator the upgrade from HFC to FTTP will cost around GBP100 (USD140) per home/business passed.
Commenting on the programme, Virgin Media O2 CEO Lutz Schuler was quoted as saying: ‘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.’