Re: Virgin broadband or EE
Posted by Penguin68
June 15, 09:26AM
Yes, fixed line broadband infrastructure for domestic use in ED is supplied either by NTL (branded as Virgin) or by BT Openreach, supplier to all other companies offering fixed line (non Wireless/ mobile) Broadband, which includes BT, EE and Plusnet (all owned by the BT Group). Only BT Openreach is obliged to wholesale local network infrastructure (Local Loop Unbundling). Many companies will additionally have their own racks of equipment (line cards) in BT exchanges, but some will use BT equipment end-to-end (although their service will be front-ended with their brand).
Because some companies use their own equipment in BT exchanges, services offered will differ technically as well as by brand. It also makes a difference (as regards data speeds) whether the service is part-supplied using fibre optic in the local network or whether the copper local network is used all the way into the exchange. In ED BT supplied network has tended to have a better service record (and better contention rates) than some of the services offered by Virgin, who seem to have under-supplied capacity locally.