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Old 03-10-2016, 14:41   #1
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Project Lightning Silence...

Recently there haven't been many announcements regarding Project Lightning.

Could VM have been waiting for the business rates announcement before continuing ahead?

Is the 3bn already walled-off for Project Lightning or could the project hit a financial wall due to the business rates hike?

Maybe we don't know for sure - what are your opinions on this?

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Old 03-10-2016, 14:57   #2
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Re: Project Lightning Silence...

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Recently there haven't been many announcements regarding Project Lightning.

Could VM have been waiting for the business rates announcement before continuing ahead?

Is the 3bn already walled-off for Project Lightning or could the project hit a financial wall due to the business rates hike?

Maybe we don't know for sure - what are your opinions on this?
Last I read was that its been going really well from a subscriber point of view and they were considering further expansion after the initial 4 million homes.

Their view may have changed since then?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/...-more-network/
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Old 03-10-2016, 14:57   #3
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Re: Project Lightning Silence...

The cash has been assigned to the product and work is in progress. They haven't had any major announcements all that recently but there is work ongoing nationwide.

The stuff below is FTTP.



The business rates changes may threaten future expansion, what they are doing right now was always intended as a first phase only, but this phase is pretty secure.
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Re: Project Lightning Silence...

We are very busy planning the build, you will only hear something when an area is completed and ready for customers.
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Re: Project Lightning Silence...

Yes, well, perhaps keeping people more informed so that they don't end up contracting with someone else prior to the build would be useful.

In my experience the big reason why this doesn't happen is that VM have no idea when they'll be building to areas and not committing to dates saves breaking them.
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Yes, well, perhaps keeping people more informed so that they don't end up contracting with someone else prior to the build would be useful.

In my experience the big reason why this doesn't happen is that VM have no idea when they'll be building to areas and not committing to dates saves breaking them.
Or they don't want there competitors to know in advance when a area is going live
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Old 03-10-2016, 18:52   #7
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Re: Project Lightning Silence...

That's fair enough. I ask because I have leafleted a significant number of people in an area between 0.6km and 2km from an existing active duct in an area with a fair amount stranded plant and EO telephone lines. I sent a map to VM, also.

I'll have to wait and see whether we become part of a following phase.
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Which area are you?
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Northampton (Wootton Area)

Eastern side of the A45, south of the Newport Pagnell Road

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Or they don't want there competitors to know in advance when a area is going live
Why? Are they afraid of someone rocking up and offering FTTP?

Doesn't seem likely. More likely they can't keep to the plans.
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Re: Project Lightning Silence...

The whole business has undergone a massive shift over the last 2 years.

Make no mistake, expansion and growth are "the" priorities for VM.

They announced a fairly sizeable build program a few months ago, that they haven't even started yet.

It will be a big while yet before any another announcements are made, let's just build what we have said first.
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Re: Project Lightning Silence...

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Recently there haven't been many announcements regarding Project Lightning.
Not really sure what you are expecting. Loads of new areas are being added. If they were all announced, you would have announcement overload.
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Re: Project Lightning Silence...

I just noticed that Broughton in Northamptonshire does appear to be planned.



However - that is not the same place as "Broughton Astley" which is in Leicestershire, which was announced here: http://www.cityam.com/245296/these-n...fibre-premises

Thought that was mildly interesting!

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We are very busy planning the build, you will only hear something when an area is completed and ready for customers.
LOL, Planning.....
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LOL, Planning.....
Yes planning, know a lot about planning Networks do you?
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