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4,000 premises in Gorton given ultrafast broadband boost


15 July 2019

 

 

 

  • Full fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology with average top speeds of 516Mbps
  • Virgin Media’s broadband speeds are nearly 13 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 Gorton, Manchester, which will provide more than 4,000 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 the UK, 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 38.3Mbps*.

Gorton 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 18 minutes on the average local connection;
  • Download a 25GB console game in seven minutes, compared to more than one and a half hours on the average local connection**

 

Paul Hutchinson, Regional Director for North West, England at Virgin Media, said: “We are delighted to have completed our network expansion in Gorton. 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.”

 

Cllr Angeliki Stogia, Manchester City Council’s lead for digital infrastructure, said: “It cannot be underestimated how important connectivity is today as we rely more and more on digital technology in our everyday life, education and work. So it’s fantastic to see the role out of ultra-fast broadband across the Gorton community, which will have an undeniable benefit for residents and businesses alike.”

Virgin Media has extended its network to more than 94,000 premises across Greater Manchester’s ten boroughs since 2015. More than 25,000 of this figure comprises of homes and businesses in the Manchester City Council area. This brings Virgin Media’s total presence across Greater Manchester to more than 714,000 premises. 

Residents and businesses in Hurst, Hyde, Gorton, Littleborough, Bury, Cowlishaw and Didsbury are just some of the areas that have been connected to Virgin Media’s ultrafast network in recent years.

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.

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

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Notes to Editors 

*The average (median) broadband speed in Manchester is 38.3Mbps. Source: Ofcom, Connected Nations Report 2018, published 18 December 2018. 

** Download speeds calculated using www.download-time.com

 

About Virgin Media

Virgin Media offers four multi award-winning services across the UK and Ireland: broadband, TV, mobile phone and landline. 

Our dedicated, ultrafast network delivers the fastest widely-available broadband speeds to homes and businesses and we’re expanding this through our Project Lightning programme, which could extend our network to up to 17 million premises. 

Our interactive TV service brings live TV, thousands of hours of on-demand programming and the best apps and games to customers through a set-top box, as well as on-the-go through tablets and smartphones. 

Virgin Mobile launched the world’s first virtual mobile network and offers fantastic value and innovative services with 4G connectivity. 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 widely available broadband speeds and tailor-made services. 

Virgin Media is part of Liberty Global, the world’s largest international TV and broadband company. Liberty Global connects 21 million customers through operations in 10 countries across Europe subscribing to 45 million TV, broadband internet and telephony services. It also serves 6 million mobile subscribers.

 

Press contacts

Jamie Clarke, Virgin Media – 0333 000 2984, press@virginmedia.co.uk

Twitter: @VirginMediaCorp