Agreement enables speeds of up to 200Mbps for new homes in England and Wales
Virgin Media has partnered with the Home Builders Federation (HBF) aimed at increasing delivery of ultrafast broadband services to new homes across the UK.
This will enable HBF member firms, which account for some new homes built in England and Wales in any one year, to build homes with the infrastructure in place to provide broadband with speeds of up to 200Mbps, more than 230 TV channels and landline services for customers.
To help home builders, Virgin Media has launched a dedicated portal that includes technical guidance and a new site request form. As part of the agreement, it will carry out all initial new site assessments free of charge.
The quad-play provider will also offer exclusive discounts for new build homeowners moving into properties under the scheme, which is part of its own Project Lightning network expansion. This sees it investing £3 billion to expand its network to 17 million premises by 2019.
Virgin Media’s ultrafast broadband network is currently available to 13 million homes and premises and is being expanded to reach four million more premises, 25 per cent of which will be connected to Fibre-to-the-Premises technology.
As part of the agreement, it will also provide developers
with all the necessary equipment to connect homes to its network and offer a rebate scheme to cover any costs of the work, with a dedicated manager on each site.
Virgin Media chief operating officer Paul Buttery said: “By partnering with Virgin Media, developers can build 21st century homes, equipped with the most modern broadband infrastructure delivering the fastest speeds.
“With our network growing at a faster pace than ever, the more demand we get from developers, the more we can do to support them.”