21 July 2020
Virgin Media has connected 4,000 more homes in Blackpool 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 to help bring ultrafast connectivity to more homes and businesses across the UK.
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 Blackpool residents – now 11 times faster than the local average
Virgin Media’s ultrafast broadband speeds are 11 times faster than the local average*. Blackpool 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 more than 15 minutes on the average local connection;
· Download a 25GB console game in seven minutes, compared to one hour and 20 minutes on the average local connection**
Paul Hutchinson, Regional Director for North West at Virgin Media, said: “Blackpool residents can now benefit from our ultrafast broadband and entertainment services. This digital boost for 4,000 additional premises will make it easier for residents to work, stream, shop, learn and much more, all 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 265 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 Blackpool is 45.3Mbps. Source: Ofcom, Connected Nations Report 2019, published 18 December 2019.
** Download speeds calculated using www.download-time.com