Longsight gets ultrafast broadband boost
16 June 2020
- Full fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology with average top speeds of 516Mbps
- Virgin Media’s broadband speeds are 13 times faster than the local average
- Virgin Media’s engineers have continued to connect new customers to vital connectivity during Covid-19 pandemic
Virgin Media has connected 6,000 homes in Longsight, Manchester, 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 Longsight residents – now 13 times faster than the local average
Virgin Media’s ultrafast broadband speeds are nearly 13 times faster than the local average*. Longsight 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 18 minutes on the average local connection;
- Download a 25GB console game in seven minutes, compared to an hour and 30 minutes on the average local connection**
Hugh Woolford, Regional Director for North West at Virgin Media, said: “We are delighted to have completed our network expansion in Longsight which will bring life-changing connectivity to the area.”
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, 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 Manchester is 40Mbps. Source: Ofcom, Connected Nations Report 2019, published 18 December 2019.
** Download speeds calculated using www.download-time.com