Ultrafast broadband for more than 9,500 homes in Cleckheaton

01 May 2019

Full fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology with average speeds of 516Mbps

4K movies and computer games downloaded in minutes

Offering speeds more than 13 times faster than the local average

Virgin Media has completed the rollout of its ultrafast broadband network in Cleckheaton, Kirklees, which will provide more than 9,500 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 speeds of 516Mbps for residents and small businesses.

This will help transform the quality of broadband in Cleckheaton where the average (median) download speed is 39Mbps.

Cleckheaton 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 one and a half minutes, compared to more than 18 minutes on the average local connection;

·        Download a 25GB console game in just under seven minutes, compared to more than one hour and 30 minutes on the average local connection**

Customers will also feel the power of Intelligent WiFi - Virgin Media’s recently announced in-home broadband features that will deliver the UK’s fastest widely available broadband speeds to more areas of the home. This series of WiFi updates to Virgin Media’s Hub 3 router, alongside a new Connect app, gives millions of its customers an enhanced WiFi experience and greater control of their connectivity.

Hugh Woolford, Regional Director for North East and Yorkshire at Virgin Media, said: “It’s great news for residents and businesses in Cleckheaton that we have completed our expansion in the area. This means that that they can now benefit from the UK’s fastest widely available broadband speeds. Faster connectivity will enable them to do the things they need to do and love doing more quickly and more easily.”

Virgin Media has brought all of its services together for the first time in one bundle to connect its customers to everything they love – with ultrafast broadband, TV and mobile combined in one plan for one great price.

As part of the new bundle line-up, new and existing customers can enjoy the UK’s fastest widely available broadband speeds of 516Mbps, add a data-rich mobile SIM to any broadband bundle, and build their own personalised TV service with a choice of new channel packs – which can be changed every month. 

Virgin TV customers can benefit from the latest entertainment on its 4k-ready V6 set-top box. They can make the most of this by watching hit shows on the Virgin TV Ultra HD channel and all the sports action on BT Sport 4K UHD.

It also boasts more than 260 TV channels (including up to 50 HD channels) and offers Sky Sports, Sky Movies and Netflix, as well as an extensive on demand library of TV box sets and movies; giving customers seamless access to the TV they want, all in one place.

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

*The average (median) broadband speed in Kirklees is 39Mbps. 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 Virgin 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 and offers WiFi service through 12 million access points across its footprint.