Virgin broadband - where do the fibre optic cables stop?! None in myhouse!

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by jonathansbackup, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. I've just moved to Virgin Broadband having previously has ADSL down my
    BT line.

    I've seen the adverts from Virgin talking about their fibre optic
    network and it set me wondering where the fibre optic cables actually
    stop. Do they go to that box in the street near my house or what?

    They certainly don't come into my house as that's a bit of copper.

    Surely BT's network has lots of fibre optic cables in it too?

    Will there come a time with Virgin where you can get a fibre optic
    cable right to the back of your computer and get amazingly-fast
    broadband?
     
    jonathansbackup, Feb 27, 2008
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    ato_zee Guest

    The cable model is generally to a street box, known as fibre to
    the kerb. The last bit is copper. I think some can pay extra
    for fibre to the home.
    Main problem is that even fibre to the home is limited by
    backhaul bandwidth, so whilst Virgin might be able to
    deliver streaming video on demand, their broadband offering
    suffers from congestion and contention, and once beyond
    Virgin it may be like a piece of damp string. Even with
    a 20Mbps fibre connection you wouldn't achieve 5Mbps
    from most sites in the States, you would be lucky to
    see 1Mbps.
    In contrast commercial, military, and academic neworks
    have dedicated high speed links, or pipes, and can deliver
    high speeds within their own network, even if it spans the
    world, can't see the Stock Exchange and major financial
    institutions settling for 2Mbps to their Hong Kong trading
    floor.
     
    ato_zee, Feb 27, 2008
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    Invalid Guest

    But they do pay a bit more than £9.99/month for that privilege
     
    Invalid, Feb 27, 2008
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    Al Guest

    yes I expect that they are on the L package, lolol.
     
    Al, Feb 27, 2008
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  5. In answer to your question, you will need to check with Virgin if you are
    already in one of their cabled areas.
    If you are, then you'll get broadband-by-cable (fibre to premises).
    If not, they'll fix you up with good ol' ADSL via your existing BT
    line/socket.
    If you're not in a cabled area - no chance. AFAIK they stopped laying new
    cable years ago.

    George
     
    George Weston, Feb 28, 2008
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  6. It's fibre to the street cabinet and then coax to the house, I'm assuming
    the OP is a domestic user, the cable modem sits on their TV distribution
    network - nothing to do with the phone connection. The cable they use into
    domestic premises is a coax with a couple of twisted telephone pairs laid
    alongside.

    Peter
     
    Peter Andrews, Feb 28, 2008
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