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Virgin Media To Open Its Fibre Network Like BT

Virgin Media To Open Its Fibre Network Like BT

As you may have read yesterday, BT has been prompted to open up its fibre network to rival ISPs by Ofcom.

Rival providers will be able to use BT's fibre infrastructure, such as underground ducts and over-land poles, which have been subsidised by the government in their construction. And it seems like Virgin Media wants a piece of this action in its super-fast broadband expansion plans.

According to an article in the FT, Virgin gave the thumbs up to Ofcom's decision, issuing a statement which said: "This is an important step that rightly focuses on opening up areas of the country not already served by super-fast broadband, removing one of the hurdles that make such developments near impossible at present."

It's thought that Virgin will want to make use of telegraph poles to extend its cable, particularly into more out of the way rural areas.

BT has a target of hooking up two-thirds of households in the UK with fibre broadband before 2015 arrives, and Virgin is aiming to expand its coverage by a similar amount to around 15 to 16 million homes (there being around 25 million or so households in the UK according to ONS figures).

While BT itself welcomed the Ofcom decision yesterday, Virgin coming forward probably won't be so welcome, as the two companies have tried to co-operate on infrastructure matters in the past, and failed to come to agreeable terms.


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