Virgin Media have announced a major programme to bring ‘ultra-fast’ broadband to Welton. It is all part of a £3billion private investment to bring high speed fibre cable to another four million premises which will mean that more than half of all homes in the UK will have the opportunity to access faster broadband.
There is already a Virgin fibre cable running along the A46 and it is planned to bring this to five sub-boxes in Welton and Dunholme and from there to the boundary of every house in the two villages. Work will start later this year and the programme is expected to be completed by mid-2017. Trenches will have to be dug but Virgin will use a much narrower trench (8mm) than the conventional large utility one (96mm) we are used to. Householders can then apply to Virgin to be connected which entails a neat installation from the boundary box to the property.
Virgin says that it will provide broadband speeds of up to 200Mbps to residents and 300Mbps to businesses and will be competitive with other providers such as SKY and BT. I checked my own speed this morning at 17.8Mbps which I believe to be average for our area.
The problem with the existing lines is that while there is fibre cable to the green boxes it is conventional wiring from there to households. Virgin will, of course, be offering both broadband and TV packages along this new line; phone lines are expected to be added sometime in the future.
At a presentation to the parish council in early September, Virgin Community Liaison Officer, Kyle Dodd, assured the council that the programme of work will be provided to the council for information, and residents will receive a notification letter before works starts in their area.
While there is bound to be some disruption, businesses, people working from home and residents who download significant amounts of data will undoubtedly welcome the arrival of ‘ultra-fast’ broadband to the village.
[Source: Hugh Gilfedder – Welton News October 2016 Edition]