Test Valley Virtual Town
Virgin Media
Fibre Broadband Project

Project Update

More than 1,400 households registered an interest with Virgin Media via Cable My Street during 2016.

Virgin Media has responded to this demand by planning a new FTTH network which will be built to the villages listed below once 25% of households and businesses sign up.

The new target is for 1,000 households across the Virtual Town* to sign-up by July 31st. If this target is achieved Virgin will start building the network at the end of the year.

Fibre To The Home – An Alternative Superfast Broadband Solution

What Does It Involve?

Superfast broadband has been provided to a number of villages in Test Valley, via Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC).

However, not all villages have had this service installed. A group of residents from West Tytherley has been working with Virgin Media on a project which will offer Fibre to the Home (FTTH) not only to those villages which do not have FTTC, but also to provide an alternative supplier to villages with partial coverage.

What is Fibre to The Cabinet (FTTC)

This is a mini telephone exchange installed next to the village telecommunications cabinet and connected to a fibre optic cable. From the cabinet, superfast broadband is provided down existing copper telephone wires. This technology offers speeds of up to 80Mbit/s if you are very close to the cabinet, but it does have limitations and speeds reduce with every metre away from the cabinet. 

What is Fibre to the Home (FTTH)

This is a fibre optic cable rolled out directly into homes and businesses. It is a future-proof broadband solution, which is not dependent on the distance of your home from the cabinet and offers faster speeds than FTTC can supply.

  • Average speeds of 155Mbit/s at peak periods with up to 200Mbit/s off-peak
  • A system that has the ability to support speed increases for the next 30+ years
  • Highly competitive pricing and services
  • The whole family can use the internet 24 x 7 without dropping out or stalling

The Fibre to the Home (FTTH) Project

Working with Virgin Media the community group has created a ‘virtual town’ made up of a number of villages in Test Valley, which would receive Fibre to the Home (FTTH) in Phase I.

These are: 

  • Goodworth Clatford
  • Chilbolton
  • Kings Somborne
  • Michelmarsh
  • Timsbury
  • Stockbridge
  • Houghton
  • Broughton
  • West Tytherley
  • Wherwell
  • Winterslow

The Virtual Town project is a demand-driven initiative and residents in the area have until Christmas 2016 to prove the business case to Virgin Media.

For the project to go to the next phase 1,200 households from across the virtual town of 4,000 have to register with Virgin Media by the end of the year.

Assuming the target number is reached, Virgin Media will open contract sign up in January, and building will start in April 2017.

Registering Interest

Anyone registering at this stage is committing to nothing, existing contract details are not required, simply a name, address, and email contact for the household.

This can all be done at http://cablemystreet.virginmedia.com/

Registering your interest in the Virtual Town project demonstrates demand, without any commitment.

Even if you are satisfied with your current service, registering helps your neighbours and neighbouring villages.

The group has a Facebook page which is regularly updated with the progress they are making. www.facebook.com/tvneed4speed/

Costs

 

• A £300 community contribution, to be paid on installation

• Standard Virgin Media install (£20) and activation fees (£40) will apply

• 1,000 households across the Virtual Town* need to sign-up by July 31st

• 25% sign-up in your village to ensure that it is part of the build

• Build will start in 4th quarter of 2017 if target reached

The monthly Virgin Media contract costs and packages will be the same standard products and prices available to Virgin Media customers across the country. Information about their packages can be found on their website: www.virginmedia.com

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