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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 roadworks.org 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 roadworks.org 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 roadworks.org 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 roadworks.org 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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Virgin Media confirms it has no plans to extend network in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Thursday 24th January 2013 at 11:35 am by SH (Editor)

Virgin Media.

Cable company Virgin Media has confirmed that it has no current plans to extend its network in Bradley Stoke, claiming that demand for its services is “well below” the level required to justify investment.

The news is revealed in a letter to the Town Council, which had asked the company for an update on it plans after rival telecoms operator BT repeatedly snubbed Bradley Stoke in its superfast broadband rollout programme.

Around 5,000 of the 9,000 homes in Bradley Stoke have access to Virgin’s cable service but the remaining 4,000 are dependent on BT’s telephone lines for their broadband service (including those who subscribe to services from companies like TalkTalk and Sky, which run over BT lines). Because Bradley Stoke doesn’t have its own telephone exchange, the long line lengths from the exchanges in Almondsbury and Filton mean that the internet speeds achieved by consumers can be less than a tenth of the national average.

In the letter, Virgin Media’s Public Affairs Manager Dan Butler writes:

“Virgin Media makes decisions on whether to extend our network to new areas on a strict cost-per-home rationale. Unfortunately, it is clear from our most recent cost assessment that the cost-per-home of building network in Bradley Stoke far exceeds our investment case. Virgin Media would need to see levels of uptake in the region of 75 % to 80% of homes for the investment case to stack up.”

At last week’s Full Council meeting, Cllr Rob Jones commented that the latest response from Virgin Media was not unexpected as they had said the same several years ago. He added that he was confident that a final solution to the broadband problems in the town would eventually be found.

BT has said that it aims to complete its commercial rollout of superfast broadband by spring 2014 and it is believed that there will be just one further announcement of the exchanges that are to be included. If Almondsbury (serving 01454 numbers) does not appear on that list, consumers on those lines will have to look to the state-aided broadband investment programme that is being managed locally by South Gloucestershire Council.

The District Council has said it expects to sign a contract with BT by the end of January and complete its infrastructure investment by 2015. However, it is only aiming to bring superfast broadband to 90% of properties in the district, so there is currently no cast-iron guarantee that Bradley Stoke will benefit from the investment.

More: MP tells resident: "BS32 is assured highspeed broadband" »

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