Local Authorities and Housing Associations
Fast, reliable broadband connectivity, known as the 4th utility is the number 1 priority for local authorities that are serious about digital inclusion. It provides the power to transform lives, create opportunities and prevents social isolation. So don’t be slow to implement ultrafast Fibre if you want to ensure your residents aren’t missing out.
Doing more for our communities
We have a long-standing promise to make sure the power of connectivity benefits our customers and the communities we’re part of.
Our Digital for Good campaign is all about giving people who need it most a helping hand, learning new skills, enjoying better technology and improving access. And the great news is that all the costs for delivering the network to your residents will be met by Virgin Media and it won’t cost you a single penny.
How we connect your buildings
Once we’ve decided to connect your neighbourhood to the network, we’ll make initial contact and set up a meeting. We’ll let you know about the great benefits of being part of our network. At this stage all we need is your stock-list of premises so we’ll be able to give you an idea of which ones we can digitally enable with our ultrafast fibre technology. Then there are just a few more things we need to consider:
We need permission from the owner of the land or property to allow us to lay fibre optic cables and install a network access point. This permission has to be in writing and takes the form of an access agreement called a Wayleave.
Find out further information about Wayleave access agreements
Once the Wayleave agreement has been signed, we’ll work with you to agree plans for the build activity. We’ll let you know before we start work on your premises and a friendly Virgin Media representative will be on hand to answer any questions. We will work with you to ensure there is minimal inconvenience and disruption.
Construction and cabling
The great news is that for construction and cabling we don’t need access to residents’ homes.
When everything’s ready for the network to be installed, we will lay fibre optic cables in a narrow trench under the roads and pavements up to a small access point on the boundary between the highway and the front of the property. A multi-dwelling property or apartment block will require a bespoke cabling plan pre-agreed between yourselves and a build engineer.
All construction is carried out by qualified, insured civil contractors and is usually complete within a few days.
Ready to go
There’s no obligation for your residents to choose services with Virgin Media, but now they will be able to make the most of our services, if they wish to do so. As well as the benefits of e-commerce, which will make communication easier and cheaper for you, they will be able to stream, browse, watch and play to their heart’s content.
We’ll let residents know about the great services and offers we can provide from our ultrafast widely available optical fibre network.
If residents choose to become Virgin Media customers, then it’s up to them to get in touch and we’ll agree an installation with them. One of our friendly engineers will get them up and running. The cabling will be fitted as part of their installation. They’ll also have the opportunity to agree the cabling route with us.
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Local authorities and housing associations
Are there any costs involved for us or our residents? Are there any costs involved for us or our residents?
No. If we come and carry out the work it won’t cost you a penny. All the costs are met by us. Similarly, if we find that we’re unable to come, you won’t be charged.
What’s in it for our residents? What’s in it for our residents?
Virgin Media boasts the UK’s fastest widely available broadband, with high download speeds available alongside unlimited downloads, perfect for serious streaming, gaming and downloading.
We also offer supercharged entertainment, with up to 260+ channels available from Virgin TV depending on your selected package at home and up to 120 on the go with the Virgin TV Anywhere app, in places where you have WiFi.
Will residents be informed before work is carried out? Will residents be informed before work is carried out?
Yes. Minimising disruption to tenants and residents in the area is very important to us, so we always stay in regular contact throughout the build process.
Should I be concerned about the data protection of my residents when sharing our portfolio? Should I be concerned about the data protection of my residents when sharing our portfolio?
We take data protection very seriously. We don’t require specific customer information from you at any point and are more than happy to sign a non-disclosure agreement to assure your confidence in us.
What happens if the outside of the properties are refurbished? What happens if the outside of the properties are refurbished?
We understand that buildings require maintenance and refurbishment from time to time. All we ask is that you let us know if you plan to carry out any work which could have a negative effect on our apparatus.
Will there be bespoke deals for residents? Will there be bespoke deals for residents?
Absolutely! As well as the usual fantastic offers we have available for new customers, your residents may be eligible for our bespoke Social Inclusion package. Sounds fancy right?
Will the aesthetics of the properties be compromised by the work carried out? Will the aesthetics of the properties be compromised by the work carried out?
If we decide to build, we will work with you to ensure that there is minimal impact to the aesthetics of the properties and we will fully re-instate any surface that is disrupted as part of this work, should we cause any.
Can you include developments we are planning to build in the future? Can you include developments we are planning to build in the future?
Of course. Just head to the New Build area of our website for more information, where you can submit details of the development.
What is a pre-wire? What is a pre-wire?
A pre-wire would normally be carried out on a block of flats. It involves cabling into the individual premises that lead back to an individual lockbox in the building.
Pre-wiring a property allows all cabling to be done at once, meaning tenants can gain faster access to our services without the need for additional cables to be installed in communal areas.