Virgin Media brings ultrafast broadband to 40,000 more homes

More than 40,000 additional homes and businesses can now access Virgin Media services, thanks to its ongoing network expansion project.

Virgin Media is rolling out its ultrafast broadband network to more areas across the UK including: Doncaster, Barnsley, Gainsborough, County Durham, Lurgan and Templepatrick in Northern Ireland, and Inverclyde in Scotland. 

This will transform the quality of broadband in all of these areas – where the average speeds are currently as low as 25Mbps. In many of these places, residents and businesses will benefit from ‘fibre to the property’ technology, which allows for reliable connectivity in the building. 

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Homes will now be able to use broadband with a 516Mbps connection, making it faster than ever to download files, films or play games online – a standard HD movie can be downloaded in less than two minutes, instead of up to half an hour in areas with the slowest speeds. Or a 25GB console game could be downloaded in just seven minutes, rather than more than two hours and 20 minutes.

Seamus McCorry, regional director for Northern Ireland at Virgin Media, said: “Connectivity is an integral part of so many people’s lives, so it’s great news for the residents and businesses that they can now benefit from average tops speeds of 516Mbps. Better broadband makes browsing, streaming, shopping, working – and all of the other things people need and want to do – so much easier.” 

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Next generation broadband

As well as expanding its network, Virgin Media is also rolling out its new Gig1 broadband to 15 million homes by 2021. Greater Manchester and Reading are the two latest cities to receive hyperfast speeds. 

Jeff Dodds, chief operating officer at Virgin Media, said: “Manchester is a major centre for Virgin Media and the place our Project Lightning network expansion first started, so switching on our hyperfast gigabit services will help to once again transform connectivity across the city and surrounding areas.

“This service is more than 26 times faster than Manchester’s average broadband speed, meaning that households can do everything they want to do online, at the same time, without delay and are well set for whatever comes next.”

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Dodds added: “We’re committed to making the UK faster and will continue to roll out next-generation Gig1 broadband across our entire network over the next 24 months - a speed and scale unmatched by anyone else.” 

Reading is also the location of Virgin Media’s brand new, state-of-the-art office which opened recently. Take a peek around the new office for yourself

Visit Virgin Media to find out more.

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