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Author Topic: Virgin Media UK Shelve Possible Northumberland Broadband Rollout  (Read 338 times)

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https://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2018/01/virgin-media-uk-shelve-possible-northumberland-broadband-rollout.html

The Northumberland County Council in England has said it is “disappointed” after being informed that Virgin Media had decided to “halt plans” for expanding their ultrafast cable broadband and TV network into the rural county. At present the operator has virtually no presence in the area.

A Virgin Media Spokesperson told ISPreview.co.uk:

“We’re expanding our network in the North East as part of our nationwide effort to bring ultrafast broadband to new areas.

Our expansion is entirely privately funded, so we need certain criteria to be met before building. We are committed to extending our network into areas where supportive local authorities can create the best conditions for rollout of our services.

We’ll be meeting with Northumberland County Council soon to discuss potential ways in which we can work together to make ultrafast broadband in Northumberland a reality as quickly as possible.”


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Re: Virgin Media UK Shelve Possible Northumberland Broadband Rollout
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2018, 10:44:19 AM »

sounds like it will go ahead when a subsidy is provided if they having a meeting
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Re: Virgin Media UK Shelve Possible Northumberland Broadband Rollout
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2018, 12:53:23 PM »

Hard to read between lines, but it would appear that, as with any commercial Telco they have a budget they now wish to stick to. Having gone over anticipated £670 per premise in other areas..  (ie actual cost was more than projected cost) they are taking a more cautious approach in urban areas.   

I should imagine they may well do some coverage in Northumberland and not rule it out completely, but it sounds like they are now being a lot more cautious after having had fingers burnt and not getting projected ROI in some of the more remote areas.  They could well be angling for a subsidy, but a lot of councils are themselves stretched for funding. 
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Re: Virgin Media UK Shelve Possible Northumberland Broadband Rollout
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2018, 09:25:30 AM »

Would it be lazy and churlish of me to just copy/paste my own comments from the website?
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Re: Virgin Media UK Shelve Possible Northumberland Broadband Rollout
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2018, 02:44:04 PM »

This will be good news for Wildcard Networks who are in talks with rural areas in Newcastle (search "NCL Great Park - Fibre Broadband Campaign" for example) , however, just like Virgin they need to get enough concrete commitments from residents to justify the expense.
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