Bury gets ultrafast broadband boost

23 March 2020

Virgin Media has completed the rollout of its ultrafast broadband network in Bury, Greater Manchester, which will provide 2,300 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 40Mbps*.

Some homes in Bury will also be able to benefit from Virgin Media’s new gigabit broadband service. This is brining next generation gigabit broadband to its entire network of 15 million homes by the end of 2021 as part of its new Gig1 service.

With a 1,000Mbps 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, compared to nearly 18 minutes on the average local connection;
  • Download a 25GB console game in less than three and a half minutes, compared to more than an hour and a half on the average local connection**

Paul Hutchinson, Virgin Media’s Regional Director for North West, said: “This is great news for Bury residents who can now enjoy the benefits of our ultrafast broadband and entertainment services. Whether this is streaming the latest hit TV series or movies or video calling family and friends, everything is possible on our network.”


Notes to Editors

*The average (median) broadband speed in Bury is 40Mbps. Source: Ofcom, Connected Nations Report 2019, published 18 December 2019.

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

Gig1 Fibre Broadband has a download speed of 1,104Mbps and an upload speed of 52Mbps. It is available to new and existing customers across all of our Solus, Dual, Triple and Oomph bundles on an 18 month contract with a price guaranteed for at least 24 months.