Well, I am surprised to see this on the tube, and apparently on newspaper adverts as well.

I am impressed that Virgin Media are finally being a bit more factual over how their network works. It uses COPPER coax cable and not fibre optic cable to link to your home.

They are also right that coax can provide better performance than a simple copper pair in many cases.

Well done.

Well, except that their web site still gets it wrong...

But a big step in the right direction. Well done Virgin. They may be a competitor in some ways (though not really, as we don't really go after the same customers most of the time), but I am always in favour of honesty in advertising and describing a service.

By the way, we do bonded VDSL that provides high availability and high speed that rivals a coax cable service and uses just copper pairs, but that is beside the point, and not as cheap.

Of course, real fibre is better than either of these.


  1. I saw this advert on the back of the Evening Standard when someone else on the Tube was reading it. Didn't manage to get a picture at the time, but thought of you!

  2. "Real fibre" is better unless you wanted phantom power. You can buy telephones that work with just a connection to the analogue phone network, or just a Cat5 cable (power over Ethernet) but you can't buy one that's powered by the the light from a fibre.

    1. UPS? Living in an area that got true fibre but also regular power cut (and no mobile signal), they are the best short term solution. But it add complexity and points of failure in case of emergency (router, PoE switch, cable, potentially asterisk server, and trust in your VoIP provider to pass correct location - mine won't). But most people having a PSTN line don't have a non-powered phone plugged into their BT socket either.


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