Virgin Media moves in to thousands more homes in the North West

10th December 2014

  • Virgin Media’s services available for the first time to homes in Cumbria, Lancashire and Ayrshire
  • 152Mb broadband available to 44,000 more homes
  • ** Smallworld customers first to access new services**

Virgin Media's services have become available to 44,000 new homes in North West England and South West Scotland for the first time, providing internet access at speeds up to 152Mb or eleven times faster than Sky or BT’s typical services.

Having fully incorporated Smallworld Fibre’s local network into its national infrastructure, which passes over half of all UK homes, households in Cumbria, Lancashire and Ayrshire can now access Virgin Media’s superfast connectivity, and unrivalled TiVo® entertainment service.

Customers previously using Smallworld Fibre services in towns including Irvine, Carlisle, Lancaster and Morecambe were the first in their areas to be connected to Virgin Media’s services.

Paul Buttery, Virgin Media’s chief customer technology & networks officer said: “We’re delighted that Smallworld has joined our network, bringing the benefits of superfast connectivity to more homes. We’ve received warm welcomes from each new town we’ve moved into and believe that bringing faster broadband can create more opportunities for local people and support economic growth.”

Mary Northcote, one of the first customers in Irvine welcomed Virgin Media’s arrival, adding: “We use Skype a lot to keep in touch with our son, the faster broadband will mean that I can do as much Skyping as I like without my husband complaining I’m hogging the WiFi!”

Available for the first time to homes now covered by Virgin Media’s network, TiVo®  brings together hundreds of TV channels, including every BT Sport and Sky Sports channel, thousands of hours of On Demand TV, with entire Box Sets, blockbuster movies and music videos; and the best of the web such as Netflix and YouTube.

Virgin Media’s Big Kahuna bundle features top of the range 152Mb broadband and Virgin Media TiVo for just £49 per month. An exclusive mobile SIM with 250MB of data, unlimited texts and minutes is available for just £5 extra per month.

Visit to see if Virgin Media’s services are available to your home.

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. And 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 to customers. 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 cable company. Together Virgin Media and Liberty Global serve 27 million customers across 14 countries.