Virgin Media reaches more than 15,000 new homes and businesses

More than 15,000 additional homes and businesses will be able to access Virgin Media’s ultrafast broadband, thanks to the company’s Project Lightning programme.

The internet provider has completed the rollout of its network near Barnsley in South Yorkshire, which will bring the UK’s fastest widely available speeds in the UK to more than 12,500 homes and businesses. Work has also begun in the north of Manchester to connect 2,700 homes and businesses.

Virgin Media engineers

Thanks to this work, residents able to use broadband with average top speeds of 516Mbps, more than 13 times faster than the current average speeds in these regions. 

In Hoyland and Kiveton, people will benefit from fibre to the premises technology, which allows for smooth, reliable connectivity in the home. With a 516Mbps connection, files, films and games become incredibly quick to stream, download and upload. For example, residents will be able to download a standard HD movie file (5GB) in just two minutes, compared to it taking more than 20 minutes currently. They will also be able to download a 25GB console game in 10 minutes, compared to more than one hour and 47 minutes using  the existing average connection.

Virgin Media engineers

“We are delighted that thousands of local residents and businesses can now start to benefit from the boost our ultrafast broadband will give them. Giving them greater speeds will enable them to do the things they need to do and love doing more quickly and more easily,” Hugh Woolford, regional director for North East and Yorkshire at Virgin Media, said.

Customers in these areas will be able to opt for one of Virgin Media’s Oomph packages, combining broadband, TV, home phone and mobile into one bundle. These offer outstanding value for customers, including broadband that’s faster than standard packages and a data-rich 4G mobile SIM.

Visit Virgin Media to find out more and sign up now.

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