Lightning strikes Devon

6th April 2017

Ultrafast broadband boost for 42,000 premises

Virgin Media today announced that homes and businesses in Devon will be next to benefit from an ultrafast broadband and entertainment boost.

As part of its Project Lightning expansion, Virgin Media plans to extend its fibre optic network to 42,000 homes and businesses across Devon. Work has already begun in Torquay to connect almost 24,000 new premises and is expected to be completed across the county before the end of 2019.

Those who wish to take Virgin Media’s services will be connected to ultrafast broadband with download speeds of up to 300Mbps for residents and businesses.

Residents can also benefit from the latest entertainment with the brand new smallest, smartest, fastest, 4k-ready Virgin TV V6 set-top box, with the ability to stream live TV, recordings, on demand shows and movies around the home. Plus, there is lots of great programming with up to 245 TV channels (including 50 HD channels) with Sky Sports, Sky Movies, BT Sport and Netflix, as well as an extensive TV on demand library of TV box sets and movies. As well as access to brand new TV shows such as Ash vs Evil Dead, Kingdom, Magic City, Billy & Billie, Full Circle and Imposters – exclusive to Virgin Media TV customers.

Maurice Daw, Regional Director at Virgin Media, said: “We’re delighted to be expanding our network to thousands more homes and businesses to help to make Devon a world class digital hotspot. Local residents and businesses will soon be getting the high-speed connectivity they deserve. We urge more people to come together and register their interest - your street could be next.”

Councillor Richard Haddock, Executive Lead for Business at Torbay Council, said: “The investment by Virgin Media is fantastic news for the residents and businesses of Torquay and is very welcome. Opportunities like this, along with the South Devon Highway, is showing the rest of the country that Torbay is a great place to live and work.”

Kevin Foster, Member of Parliament for Torbay, said: “I am delighted that thousands of local homes and businesses will soon be connected to ultrafast broadband. This investment, bringing speeds of up to 300Mbps, is great news for keeping the bay connected and driving forward our economy. It is great that Virgin Media is not just talking about improving our digital infrastructure, but picking up a trowel to do so.”

Backed by parent company Liberty Global, Virgin Media is investing £3bn to extend its ultrafast fibre broadband network to an additional 4 million premises, to reach a total of 17 million homes and businesses.

As network expansion continues across the country, Virgin Media calls for more people to register interest at:


About Virgin Media

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

The company’s dedicated, ultrafast network delivers the fastest widely available broadband speeds to homes and businesses. We’re expanding this through our £3bn Project Lightning programme, which will reach 17 million premises.

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

We launched the world’s first virtual mobile network, offering fantastic value and services. 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 speeds and tailor-made services.

Virgin Media is part of Liberty Global, the world’s largest international cable company, with operations in more than 30 countries.