11,000 premises in Carrickfergus given ultrafast broadband boost

11 June 2019

Full fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology with average top speeds of 516Mbps

Virgin Media’s broadband speeds are nearly 17 times faster than the local average

4K movies and computer games downloaded in minutes

Virgin Media’s Oomph bundles offer the complete entertainment experience

Virgin Media has completed the rollout of its ultrafast broadband network in Carrickfergus which will provide more than 11,000 local residents and businesses with the fastest widely available speeds in the UK.

As part of its ‘Project Lightning’ network expansion programme, Virgin Media is expanding its ultrafast broadband network across Northern Ireland, bringing average top speeds of 516Mbps to residents and small businesses.

This will help transform the quality of broadband in the area where the average (median) download speed is 30.4Mbps*.

Carrickfergus will benefit from fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology which allows for smooth, reliable connectivity in the home. With a 516Mbps connection, files, films and games become unbelievably quick to stream, download and upload:

·        Download a standard HD movie file (5GB) in less than a minute and a half, compared to more than 23 minutes on the average local connection;

·        Download a 25GB console game in seven minutes, compared to nearly two hours on the average local connection**

Virgin Media’s network expansion in Northern Ireland

Virgin Media has invested more than £65 million in Northern Ireland since 2015, connecting more than 100,000 homes and businesses to its ultrafast, gigabit-capable network that provides the UK’s fastest widely available broadband speeds.

The company already has a large presence in Northern Ireland with its network passing more than 320,000 premises. In Belfast alone, 98% of the city is connected to Virgin Media’s network.

Residents and businesses in Bangor, Newtownards, Portadown, Craigavon, Ballyclare, Comber, Derry, Maghermason and Eglinton have all also been connected to Virgin Media’s ultrafast network in recent years.

Seamus McCorry, Regional Director for Northern Ireland at Virgin Media, said: “We are delighted to have completed our network expansion in Carrickfergus. Our ultrafast broadband speeds will give residents and businesses access to the UK’s fastest widely available network which will enable them to get on and do things more quickly and more easily.”

**Anne Donaghy, Chief Executive of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, said:**“This new availability in Carrickfergus will build upon our existing broadband capabilities and help improve the digital connectivity throughout the area. This is a great economic and social boost for those living and working in and around the town.”

Virgin Media’s Oomph bundles

By combining broadband, TV, home phone and mobile into one bundle, Virgin Media’s Oomph packages offer outstanding value for customers. This includes broadband that’s faster than standard packages and a data-rich 4G mobile SIM  on a network that’s faster on average than Vodafone, 02, Three and Sky.

It’s better value for customers to take cable and mobile services together in an Oomph package from Virgin Media rather than taking them separately.

With the Ultimate Oomph bundle, customers can enjoy the ultimate entertainment and connectivity experience at home or on the move.

This includes the UK’s fastest widely available broadband with average top speeds of 516Mbps – seven times faster than BT and Sky – as well as a mobile SIM with truly unlimited data, texts and calls.

Plus, there’s brilliant TV with two of Virgin TV’s latest V6 set-top boxes complete with more than 280 channels including Sky Sports HD, Sky Cinema HD and BT Sport in 4K Ultra HD, as well as inclusive anytime landline calls.

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