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Thousands connected to Virgin Media's ultrafast network in Alsager, Cheshire 

25 March 2021

 

 

  • Full fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology with average top speeds of more than 600Mbps
  • Virgin Media’s broadband speeds are 15 times faster than the local average
  • Ultra HD TV shows  and computer games download in minutes
  • Virgin Media’s engineers have worked throughout the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure customers have access to vital connectivity when they need it most

Virgin Media has connected 2,500 homes in Alsager, Cheshire, 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 more than 600Mbps to residents and small businesses.

Alsager is the latest area to benefit from Virgin Media’s investment and later in the year, local residents are set to benefit from Gig1 broadband offering speeds of more than 1,000Mbps as the with the firm also rolling rolls out next-generation gigabit connections broadband to its entire network of 15 million homes by the end of 2021.Virgin Media has continued to expand its network and install new customers during the global COVID-19 pandemic to bring ultrafast connectivity to more homes and businesses across the UK when they need it most.

Ultrafast broadband boost for Alsager residents – now 15 times faster than the local average

Virgin Media’s ultrafast broadband speeds are 15 times faster than the local average*. Alsager residents will benefit from fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology which allows for smooth, reliable connectivity in the home. With a more than 600Mbps connection, large files, films and games become very quick to stream and download:

  • Download every Bridgerton episode in UHD (56GB) in 12 minutes 43 seconds, compared to three hours and 20 minutes on the average local connection;
  • Download Call of Duty Cold War (133GB) on PS5 in just over 30 minutes, compared to over 7 hours and 56 minutes on the average local connection**

 

Paul Hutchinson, Regional Director for North West at Virgin Media, said:

“We have continued to expand our network throughout the pandemic, helping to connect more and more people to the UK’s fastest widely available network, and we are thrilled that this now includes 2,500 homes in Alsager.

“With our ultrafast and reliable services, our customers can spend more time doing what’s important to them online, without their connection holding them back.”

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 broadband with average top speeds of more than 600Mbps, as well as a mobile SIM with truly unlimited data, texts and calls.

Customers can also access Virgin Media’s new TV service, Virgin TV 360. The advanced TV line-up includes a new Mini box, new TV remote with voice control and smart new features which offer a fully integrated, voice activated and personalised service.

Offering the very best entertainment, Virgin TV 360 boasts all of the top TV channels and streaming apps such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and BBC iPlayer, all with 4k Ultra-High Definition and HDR viewing capabilities.

Ultimate Oomph also comes complete with more than 230 channels including Sky Sports, Sky Entertainment and Sky Cinema in Ultra HD and BT Sport in 4K Ultra HD, as well as inclusive anytime landline calls.

And with Virgin Media’s ultrafast broadband, multiple users in the home can stream and watch their favourite shows and content all at the same time in the highest resolution.

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

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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 Cheshire East is 40Mbps. Source: Source: Ofcom, Connected Nations Report 2020, published 17 December 2020.

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

About Virgin Media

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

Our network delivers the fastest widely-available broadband speeds to homes and businesses. We’re expanding this through continued investment in our Project Lightning programme, which has seen our network footprint reach an additional 2.5 million premises so far to pass 15.3 million UK premises overall. We are also investing to bring next-generation gigabit speeds to our entire broadband network by the end of 2021, making us the UK’s largest gigabit operator.

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 5G connectivity. We are also one of the largest fixed-line home phone providers in the UK.

Through Virgin Media Business we support entrepreneurs, businesses and the public sector, delivering a range of connectivity and tailor-made services.

Virgin Media employs around 12,000 people directly in the UK and is part of Liberty Global, one of the world’s leading converged video, broadband and communications companies. Liberty Global connects customers through operations in seven countries across Europe subscribing to 49 million broadband, TV, fixed and mobile telephony services.

Press contacts

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