Virgin Media soars to 1.4m high-speed connections

It’s a digital case of the ‘Northern lights’ as Virgin Media completes £150m network programme.

With 400,000 Northern Ireland homes now able to access more than 1Gbps, Virgin Media’s gigabit broadband network now covers 1.4m homes on the island of Ireland.

Virgin Media has invested £150m in Northern Ireland over the last five years as part of its network expansion programme.

The 400,000-home milestone includes homes in Belfast, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Craigavon, Derry, Lisburn, Newtownabbey, Portadown and other towns.

“As the Covid-19 pandemic has altered the way we all work and live, our fibre rich networks and gigabit broadband service continue to deliver seamless connectivity that has never been more crucial”

The development comes after Virgin Media switched on its 1Gbps broadband service across its entire network in Ireland in August, making the company Ireland’s largest gigabit provider, surpassing rival networks.

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With Virgin Media’s hyper fast gigabit speeds, ultra-high definition 4K films and TV programmes, very large files and videos can be downloaded almost instantaneously, even with multiple devices using the connection simultaneously.

“As the Covid-19 pandemic has altered the way we all work and live, our fibre rich networks and gigabit broadband service continue to deliver seamless connectivity that has never been more crucial,” said Tony Hanway, CEO of Virgin Media Ireland.

“Today’s announcement for Virgin Media in Northern Ireland reinforces our efforts as a company to be able to offer customers the very best speeds possible and the latest in-home technology to unlock the power of this new capability.”

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 6 November, 2020