Virgin Media extends Project Lightning to Devon


Expansion of provider’s superfast broadband part of plans to bring this to an additional four million premises by 2019

More than 42,000 homes and businesses in Devon will be able to receive broadband speeds of up to 300Mbps as part of Virgin Media’s Project Lightning rollout.

Work has begun in Torquay where 24,000 premises will be connected. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

Backed by parent company Liberty Global, Virgin Media is making the investment to expand its ultrafast fibre broadband network to an additional four million premises, reaching 17 million homes and businesses by the 2019 date.

Residents will also be able to access the company’s V6 set-top box, which allows them to have programming from 245 TV channels such as Sky Sports, Sky Movies, BT Sport and Netflix, as well as an extensive TV on demand library of TV box sets and movies.

Digital hotspot

Virgin Media regional director Maurice Daw said: “We’re delighted to be expanding our network to thousands more homes and businesses to help to make Devon a world-class digital hotspot. Local residents and businesses will soon be getting the high-speed connectivity they deserve.”

Councillor Richard Haddock added: “The investment by Virgin Media is fantastic news for the residents and businesses of Torquay and is very welcome.

“Opportunities like this, along with the South Devon Highway, is showing the rest of the country that Torbay is a great place to live and work.”

MP for Torbay Kevin Foster concluded: “This investment, bringing speeds of up to 300Mbps, is great news for keeping the bay connected and driving forward our economy.

“It is great that Virgin Media is not just talking about improving our digital infrastructure, but picking up a trowel to do so.”