I have realised that on my street 35 or so people have an incoming cable (Virgin Media) to their property. Our house is the only one on the street that doesn't. Does anyone know if this means that I cannot get Infinity when it arrives in my area? I have a BT line into the property and standard BB via BT. Not sure if the existing BT line can be used for Infinity or whether the alternative is the road being dug up for a cable to be laid. My BT line is a below ground one and not overhead. Any help you can give would be appreciated.
your existing BT phone line is what you need for infinity nothing to do with cable. just need your exchnage upgraded then your street cabinet first
You don't need optical cable for Infinity.
I have an old standard BT "copper pair" into my house and have Infinity working OK.
You just need the street cabinet equipment that your line is connected via to be upgraded. It then effectively goes optical to the new infinity cabinet and standard cables to the house.
If you check out this link and click in the box "can I upgrade to Infinity" it will tell you if you can get it.
Cable (coax cable) is provided by Virgin Media not Openreach. You will have to contact them to see if it's available, to get FTTC (Fibre to the cabinet) you need to be connected to a copper cabinet and then have a FTTC cabinet beside it. This is fibre all the way to this point then copper to your home.
If you use the link that I gave earlier it should give you a good idea of the speed you can expect.