Cambridge Cable

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Cambridge Cable Ltd.
FoundedCambridge, UK (May 20, 1988 (1988-05-20))
Area served
Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire, East Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Forest Heath, Uttlesford, North Hertfordshire
ServicesDigital television

Cambridge Cable Ltd. was a limited company engaged in the provision of early video on demand. It provided cable infrastructure in the UK as part of the Cambridge Digital Interactive Television Trial (Cambridge iTV trial/Cambridge Cable Project).[1][2][3]


Cambridge Cable Limited was founded in 1988, by three Cambridge businessmen, as a cable television and communications company. In June 1989 the company was awarded the cable television franchise for the city of Cambridge and the surrounding area, and in July 1990 was granted licence by the DTI to operate a public telecommunications service and distribute television channels via its underground cable network. Cambridge Cable's inaugural service commenced in July 1991 with a cable television service; the company's public telephone service launched in September 1992. The company gained financial and operational backing from Comcast Corporation, a major cable television network operator in the United States, and Singapore Telecom, the public telecommunications operator in Singapore; by 1996 was fully owned by Comcast.[4] The company, with its backing from Comcast, purchased Stort Valley Cable Limited and was awarded the franchise for Harlow, Bishop's Stortford and Sawbridgeworth in November 1992; services were provided under the name of Anglia Cable Communications.

Late 1993 saw services started in the company's East Coast Cable franchise with subscribers in Colchester added first; network build throughout Colchester, then Ipswich and, later, Felixstowe followed.

Franchise map showing areas served by Anglia Cable, Southern East Anglia Cable, Cambridge Cable and East Coast Cable
Franchise map (dated 1997)

On June 2, 1999, the Cambridge Cable Group, as it by then had become known, became part of NTL's growing portfolio, having operated franchises under the names Cambridge Cable, Anglia Cable, East Coast Cable and Southern East Anglia Cable.[5] The company and its network is now part of Virgin Media.

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  1. ^ Wallis, Anna (November 1995). "Cambridge Corners the Future in Networking". TUANZ TOPICS. TUANZ. Archived from the original on 1999-10-01. Retrieved 2011-04-28. [...]Cambridge Cable is the cable provider. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Tony Cawkell (18 May 2004). The Multimedia Handbook. Routledge. p. 240. ISBN 978-0-203-39837-1.
  3. ^ Ford, Simon; Garnsey, Elizabeth (2007). "Failing to disrupt: the case of the Network Computer" (PDF). International Journal of Technology Intelligence and Planning. 3 (1): 6–23. doi:10.1504/IJTIP.2007.013035.
  4. ^ "About the Group". Cambridge Cable. Archived from the original on 1996-10-31. Retrieved 2011-04-28. Comcast Corporation [...] currently holds a 100% ownership interest in Cambridge Cable Holdings. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Enquiries". Cambridge Cable. Archived from the original on 1997-01-28. Retrieved 2011-04-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)