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Virgin to use BT's superfast broadband network

ISP will run fibre cables from telegraph poles

Virgin Media has revealed it plans to use BT's telegraph poles to connect fibre-optic cables to homes.

Virgin's announcement follows plans by Ofcom that will require BT to open-up its fibre network to other ISPs in a bid to increase the uptake of superfast broadband in the UK.

As part of Ofcom's plans, BT must offer other ISPs access to its underground ducts and telegraph poles to help them "roll-out super-fast broadband to areas where BT does not plan to deploy its fibre network", and "to target specific areas earlier than BT's roll-out".

"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," Virgin told the FT, in regars to Ofcom's plans.

Earlier this year, Virgin Media started trialling the use of telegraph poles to extend the reach of FTTH (fibre-to-the-home) in Woolhampton.

TalkTalk is the first UK ISP to annonce it will use BT's fibre network to offer superfast network connections to Brits. The ISP, which is already trialling fibre broadband in Muswell Hill, told the FT it is "working on a commercial launch" of the service but declined to specify when it will be made available.

See also: Virgin to boost fibre upload speeds for free


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