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Virgin Media network continues to grow

Posted on Thursday 21st January 2016 at 10:30 pm by SH (Editor)

Installation of a new Virgin Media street cabinet on Brook Way, Bradley Stoke, near the Cross Tree Grove junction.

Expansion of the Virgin Media cable network in Bradley Stoke has continued over the past few months, with pavements being dug up and new street cabinets installed in Wheatfield Drive and Dewfalls Drive.

Work in the ‘herbs’ area of south Bradley Stoke appears to be drawing to a close, while the final electrical connections appear to be being made to new street cabinets on Brook Way that will serve Oaktree Crescent and Stanshaws Close.

Information available on the website suggests that Kemperleye Way will be the next area to be visited by the contractors and their diggers.

Virgin Media is yet to officially confirm that any work is taking place in Bradley Stoke or when the system will start to go live.

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POSTSCRIPT (21st January 2016):

A Virgin Media promotional trailer has been stationed in the town square in the Willow Brook Centre for the last few weeks. Staff working at the trailer have confirmed that Virgin’s services can now be ordered in the following (newly-cabled) streets: Juniper Way, Coriander Drive, Orchard Gate, Oaktree Crescent, Stanshaws Close, Cornfield Close, Courtlands, Tarragon Place, Fennel Drive, Marjoram Place, Lavender Way, Rosemary Close and (parts of) Palmers Leaze.

The Journal understands that the promotional trailer will at the Willow Brook Centre until Friday 22nd January 2016. Orders can be placed online or by phone at any time.

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Virgin’s ‘big dig’ gets under way in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Saturday 10th October 2015 at 10:08 pm by SH (Editor)

Virgin Media network extension work in Stanshaws Close, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Contractors working for Virgin Media have laid hundreds of metres of cable ducting along streets in Bradley Stoke over the last two months (as predicted in our August magazine), but the telecoms giant is still refusing to publicly confirm that the work is part of a massive expansion of its cable network to reach thousands more homes in the town.

The first sign that a significant expansion of the network was being planned came in June when the website showed that Virgin had registered plans to lay several kilometres of ducting in over 30 Bradley Stoke streets from 21st September. In the event, work actually got under way somewhat earlier, with Journal readers reporting that trenching work and duct laying started in Webbs Wood Road on 27th July.

The work soon extended into Juniper and Fennel Drive, where it is still continuing, and paint markings on roads and pavements suggest that Lavender Way is likely to follow soon.

Work has also been under way for several weeks in Oaktree Crescent and Stanshaws Close, and began in Cornfield Close and Courtlands in late September.

However, the projected start dates for work in the other 30 or so roads identified by entries on have now variously slipped to October through November.

It is thought that it is likely to be some months before residents in the newly-cabled streets will be able to place orders for Virgin Media’s broadband and TV services, but the company is inviting people to register an interest via its website and will contact them when the system goes live.

More: Find out when work is due to start in your street »

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Virgin set to bring cable to thousands more homes in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Monday 3rd August 2015 at 10:16 pm by SH (Editor)

Mini-excavators digging trenches in pavements, which could soon become a familiar sight in Bradley Stoke.

Telecommunications company Virgin Media looks set to extend its cable network to thousands more homes in Bradley Stoke just months after BT completed a state-subsidised project to bring superfast broadband to more than 3,000 homes in the town.

The company is yet to make an official announcement, but information publicly available on the website shows that the firm has registered plans to lay several kilometres of ducting along streets in a number of areas in Bradley Stoke from 21st September (see list below).

Another sign that work might be about to start came when local MP Jack Lopresti tweeted (on 10th July) that he had “met with @virginmedia to discuss more investment in ultrafast broadband in Bradley Stoke”.

“Supercharged expansion”

The speculation is further supported by the news that several Journal readers who had previously registered an interest in having the Virgin Media cable network extended into their streets have recently received emails from the company informing them: “Your area is part of our supercharged expansion plans”. The messages promise that “ultrafast broadband speeds of up to 152Mbps” will be available once the work is carried out.

Until very recently, Virgin Media (and its forerunner Telewest) invested little in extending the coverage of its cable network, the bulk of which was installed in the 1990s, preferring instead to invest in upgrading technology to boost speeds for existing customers. However, a radical policy shift was revealed in February 2015 when the company announced ‘Project Lightning’, which has the aim of extending the Virgin network to four million additional premises over the next five years.

Virgin Media, owned by Liberty Global, will invest an extra £3bn in the project, mainly financed through borrowing. It will create 6,000 jobs and apprenticeships in what the company claims is the single largest investment in digital infrastructure in the UK for more than a decade.

On 22nd June, Virgin Media announced that Manchester would be the first city to benefit from Project Lightning, with an extra 150,000 premises in the city scheduled to benefit from ultrafast broadband for the first time.

When asked for a statement by The Journal, a Virgin media spokesperson would only say: “We are currently considering a number of areas for our expansion plans, including Bradley Stoke, but we are unable to provide any further details at this stage.”

More: Will Virgin Media be bringing cable to your street in Bradley Stoke? »

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MP asked to press BT over “lack of capacity” at broadband cabinets

Posted on Friday 6th March 2015 at 9:13 pm by SH (Editor)

Jack Lopresti, MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke.

Local MP Jack Lopresti has been asked to investigate why hundreds of people in Bradley Stoke are still unable to order superfast broadband despite claims by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) that its rollout programme has been completed, with all cabinets “live and ready for service”.

The upgrade work across South Gloucestershire, which is due to be completed by 31st March, has been carried out by BT, with the aid of a £2 million subsidy from SGC and a further £710,000 from central government.

Investigations by The Journal, aided by data provided by readers, has shown that two of the eleven fibre-enabled cabinets installed under SGC’s upgrade project (nos. 22 and 34, both on Brook Way) have been returning an “out of capacity” status in BT’s availability checker since before Christmas. At the beginning of February, the checker was predicting that capacity at cabinet no. 34 would be restored by 11th February, but when that day came, it slipped another month to 11th March. Similarly, cabinet no. 22 was predicted to have capacity restored by 18th February, but that date has now disappeared from the checker result, leaving no mention of when capacity might be restored.

One Journal reader, Mike of Kemperleye Way commented:

“The cabinet 34 saga goes on and on. I find it difficult to believe that BT Openreach can upgrade a cabinet then discover a short while afterwards that it’s run out of capacity. The cabinet has been out of capacity since last August or September, shortly after the upgrade. Surely this lack of capacity should have been known and accounted for in the plan as BT Openreach owns the infrastructure, and as Bradley Stoke was so poorly served by broadband they should not have been surprised that it was snapped up so quickly.”

“I think BT needs to explain why it is continuing to delay capacity upgrade dates when they own the network and should already understand the problems they are likely to encounter. Problems always happen when you modify systems and equipment, but even I would have thought most people would think that over a six months delay is unacceptable.”

“Could it be that as BT has the monopoly on the infrastructure (no Virgin Media in this part of Bradley Stoke), they do not have any urgency to rectify the situation? I would hope that whilst SGC has stated that the capacity problem is BT’s, we, the taxpayers, funded this upgrade and BT should be held to account for not completing the task by adding capacity so that we all can benefit from it.”

More: Council’s contract with BT is shrouded in secrecy »

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