Virgin Media rolls out huge Project Lightening expansion in Northern Ireland

Homes and businesses in Northern Ireland are set to benefit from a £3 billion investment into ultrafast broadband and entertainment, as part of Virgin Media’s Project Lightening...

The expansion will see Virgin Media extend its ultrafast network to 50,000 properties in 2017, with work already underway in communities including Ballykelly, Bangor, Limavady, Newtownards, Strabane and Artigarvan with customers benefitting from ultrafast speeds.

"Families and businesses - from Bangor to Ballykelly - will soon benefit from ultrafast broadband 12 times faster than the average speed available today," commented CEO of Virgin Media Ireland, Tony Hanway.


"Virgin Media stands ready to invest in Northern Ireland, without subsidy from Stormont, London or Brussels.  But, like any major infrastructure investment, we need support from local authorities and Government to cut through red-tape so we can connect more homes and businesses more quickly."

Those who wish to take Virgin Fibre’s internet services will be connected to ultrafast broadband with entry level download speeds of 100Mbps, reaching up to 300Mbps for residents and download speeds of 350Mbps for small businesses. This means that speeds on Virgin Fibre’s lowest tier are over four times as fast as average speeds in Northern Ireland. 

Residents can also benefit from Virgin Mobile’s fast 4G connectivity which includes data free Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger, as well as the ability to rollover unused data each month.

 As network expansion continues across the UK, Virgin Media calls for more people to register interest at:


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