Virgin Media announces it has passed 900,000 premises, with 100,000 more to follow
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Virgin Media’s fibre broadband network is now available at over 900,000 premises, and the provider is on target to reach 1 million over the next two years.
This announcement forms part of Virgin Media’s Project Lightning, which is delivering ultrafast fibre broadband to an additional 4 million premises across the UK and Ireland, with a total investment of almost €3.5 billion over the term of the programme. The project is delivering a network that is future-proofed and will have the ability to provide high quality gigabit internet speeds.
The landmark 900,000 premises was passed in Arklow, following Virgin Media’s addition of over 9,000 premises to its network in both Arklow and Wicklow town. The build has involved a €10 million local investment in Virgin Media’s high capacity network, including the laying of 75 kilometres of fibre, as well as the establishment of free public WiFi services in each town.
Minister for Communications, Denis Naughten TD welcomed the announcement, saying: “This investment is helping us to address our European digital agenda targets, stimulate healthy competition in the sector while benefiting families, customers and businesses in towns and cities throughout the country.”
Meanwhile, Tony Hanway, CEO of Virgin Media said: “Project Lightning is our ongoing commitment to Ireland, connecting towns, cities, consumers and businesses with ultrafast services and enabling digital progress, productivity and economic growth in the process.”
He added: “The multi-million euro investment we have made in Arklow and Wicklow town brings Ireland’s fastest broadband network to these two vibrant and growing towns. Households connecting to Virgin Media will benefit from Ireland’s fastest broadband and in-home WiFi, with speeds reaching 360Mbps.”