Virgin Media and SPF partner to deliver ultrafast broadband in Scotland
1st December 2016
This will enable members to build homes and commercial properties with the fastest widely-available broadband speeds and interactive TV with more than 230 channels. It follows a similar partnership between Virgin Media and the Home Builders Federation to increase delivery of ultrafast broadband services to new homes.
Virgin Media announced earlier this month that Scotland will benefit from the first large scale rollout of ultrafast fibre broadband connected directly to homes and businesses, known as FTTP. In what will be a major boost to the economy, Virgin Media is committing to connect at least two thirds of the 360,000 additional homes and businesses being added to its ultrafast broadband network in Scotland.
This announcement comes on the back of concern about the quality of broadband in new build homes. A recent investigation by broadband advice site Cable.co.uk revealed that thousands of homebuyers in new developments are finding that broadband provision is either slow or non-existent.
Virgin Media will also offer exclusive discounts for new build homeowners moving into properties under the scheme.
David Melhuish, Director at Scottish Property Federation, said: “We are pleased to be working with Virgin Media to help house builders deliver ultrafast broadband services to homes across Scotland. House buyers, as well as businesses, expect the best services and there is concern about the quality of broadband in new homes. Our new partnership will help SPF members create communities that are equipped for the 21st century.”
Steve Carlin, Regional Director, Scotland at Virgin Media, said: “By partnering with Virgin Media, developers in Scotland can build 21st century homes, equipped with the most modern broadband infrastructure delivering the fastest speeds. With our network growing at a faster pace than ever, the more demand we get from developers, the more we can do to support them.”
Virgin Media’s dedicated, ultrafast network delivers the fastest widely available broadband speeds to homes and businesses in the UK. The network is being expanded as part of Virgin Media’s privately funded £3bn Project Lightning investment, with an additional 4 million more premises, 50% of which will be connected by FTTP. By the end of 2019, Virgin Media will cover 17 million homes and businesses.
To help homebuilders, Virgin Media has launched a dedicated new portal including essential technical guidance and a simple new site request form, with Virgin Media carrying out all initial new site assessments free of charge.
About Virgin Media
Virgin Media offers four multi award-winning services across the UK and Ireland: broadband, TV, mobile phone and landline.
The company’s dedicated, ultrafast network delivers the fastest widely available broadband speeds to homes and businesses. We’re expanding this through our £3bn Project Lightning programme, which will reach 17 million premises by the end of 2019.
Our interactive TV service brings live programmes, thousands of hours of on-demand programming and the best apps and games in a set-top box, as well as on-the-go for tablets and smartphones.
We launched the world’s first virtual mobile network, offering fantastic value and services. We are also one of the largest fixed-line home phone providers in the UK and Ireland.
Through Virgin Media Business, we support entrepreneurs, businesses and the public sector, delivering the fastest speeds and tailor-made services.
Virgin Media is part of Liberty Global, the world’s largest international cable company, with operations in more than 30 countries.
As a membership organisation the Scottish Property Federation (SPF) is the voice of Scotland’s real estate industry.
Established in 2007, SPF represents 185 organisations operating in Scotland. We include among our members: property investors including major institutional funds, developers, landlords of commercial and residential property, and professional property consultants and advisers.
The SPF works closely with those who advise and decide on public policy in Scotland to ensure that they are aware of the consequences of their decisions for the property industry and wider economy.
As part of the British Property Federation we also benefit from close links with the leading UK property companies and investors in the UK as well as the BPF's contacts with Westminster.
For more information, please visit http://www.scottishpropertyfederation.org.uk or follow us on Twitter @ScotPropFed