Vaizey backs Virgin Media 300Mbps broadband rollout


Digital Economy Minister praises quad-play provider’s investment in ultrafast speeds

Virgin Media is to install fibre optic broadband with speeds of up to 300Mbps to the homes and businesses of 10 communities across the UK.

Work will begin in August to install fibre-to-the-premises cables in the areas from August. Installations are expected for completion by December. Speeds of up to 200Mbps for homes and 300Mbps for businesses will be available.

The chosen areas include Kirknewton, Wilsden, Kilmacolm, Oakley, Phoenix Green and Stoke Poges. They were all chosen following an online public vote.

Digital economy minister Ed Vaizey (pictured) said: “This is fantastic news for the communities who will now be able to benefit from all that ultrafast broadband offers. I’m particularly pleased to see almost half of them are in Scotland.

“Continued commercial investment like Virgin Media’s “Project Lightning”, together with the rollout being delivered by the UK Government and local authorities, means more UK homes and businesses will benefit from faster speeds, whether they’re in the remote countryside or in city centres.”

The installations are part of Virgin’s £3 billion Project Lightning expansion where the broadband provider committed to connecting more than four million homes and businesses with fast connectivity by 2017.