Virgin Media confirms locations where it is trialling HFC to FTTP upgrades

13 Dec 2021

Following reports in November 2021 that Virgin Media had started trials designed to test the process of upgrading its HFC infrastructure to fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology, the locations where those tests are underway have now been confirmed. According to ISPreview, Virgin Media – now part of the enlarged Virgin Media O2 (VMO2) entity following its merger with cellco O2 UK earlier this year – is conducting its trials with 50,000 homes in Stoke, Salisbury and Wakefield. The report claims the trials are progressing well, while noting that further information regarding the matter is expected to be released as part of the company’s next financial results, which are due out in early 2022.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in July 2021 VMO2 unveiled plans to upgrade its fixed network to FTTP by 2028. Confirmed that it had already deployed FTTP infrastructure covering a total of 1.2 million premises by that date, the company said the upgrade plan would cover a total of 14.3 million cable premises. A ‘value-accretive decision’ backed by VMO2 shareholders Liberty Global and Telefonica was said to have been taken following initial deployment trials, a thorough analysis of alternative network scenarios and the potential opportunity to enter the fixed wholesale market. By utilising its fully-ducted network Virgin Media has claimed the upgrade will be one of the UK’s most efficient fibre rollouts, costing around GBP100 (USD132.7) per premises passed, compared to approximately GBP60 per premises for an upgrade to a full DOCSIS 4 cable network.

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