1,200 homes now connected to ultrafast broadband in Blackburn and Darwen

23 October 2020

  • Full fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology with average top speeds of 516Mbps
  • Virgin Media’s broadband speeds are more than 12 times faster than the local average
  • 4K movies and computer games downloaded in minutes
  • Virgin Media’s engineers have worked throughout the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure that new customers have access to vital connectivity when they need it most

Virgin Media has connected 1,200 homes in Blackburn and Darwen, to its ultrafast broadband network which will bring the UK’s fastest widely available speeds to the area.

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

The company is also bringing next generation gigabit broadband to its entire network of 15 million homes by the end of 2021 as part of its new hyperfast Gig1 service.

Virgin Media has continued to expand its network during the global COVID-19 pandemic in order to provide ultrafast connectivity to more homes and businesses across the UK when they need it most.

It has also been able to connect new customers after implementing a range of measures to keep customers and staff safe, including supporting customers to install their own services and practicing social distancing.

Ultrafast broadband boost for Blackburn and Darwen residents – now more than 12 times faster than the local average.

Virgin Media’s ultrafast broadband speeds are more than 12 times faster than the local average*. Blackburn and Darwen 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 very quick to stream, download and upload:

  • Download a standard HD movie file (5GB) in less than a minute and a half, compared to over 17 minutes on the average local connection;
  • Download a 25GB console game in seven minutes, compared to over 85 minutes on the average local connection**

Paul Hutchinson, Regional Director for North West at Virgin Media, said: “Providing ultrafast broadband to our customers couldn’t be more important to us, that is why we are thrilled that we are now able to bring some of the fastest broadband speeds in the country to 1,200 more homes in Blackburn and Darwen. These speeds will make it easier for customers to do what is important to them online.”

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.

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 250 channels including Sky Sports, Sky Cinema and BT Sport in 4K Ultra HD, as well as inclusive anytime landline calls.

For those interested in Virgin Media’s fantastic services, they can go online now to check out our latest deals > http://www.virginmedia.com/


Notes to Editors

More information about how Virgin Media people are helping the country stay connected can be found HERE. *The average (median) broadband speed in Blackburn with Darwen is 41.8Mbps. Source: Ofcom, Connected Nations Report 2019, published 18 December 2019. ** Download speeds calculated using www.download-time.com