British cableco Virgin Media has announced that its hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) network is now available to more than ten million premises across the UK. The operator revealed that its superfast broadband service, which offers downlink speeds of up to 100Mbps, has been introduced in a number of new areas, including Bromley, Dundee, Norton Hawkfield and Staverton. Alongside the milestone announcement, Virgin Media also noted that its coverage expansion programme is running ahead of schedule; having originally been due for completion by mid-2012, the cableco now expects to finish work by ‘spring’. Commenting on the development, Jon James, executive director of broadband at Virgin Media, noted: ‘Soon half the country will be able to get superfast 100Mbps broadband from us. Reaching today’s milestone puts us ahead of schedule as we help propel the UK up the global broadband rankings.’
Virgin Media also reiterated that it is continuing with the speed upgrade programme launched last month. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, starting this month the cableco plans to double the speeds of over four million of its high speed internet subscribers, while also boosting the top speed offered over its HFC network to 120Mbps. Virgin Media has said that it expects to complete the upgrade programme over an 18-month period – ending in mid-2013 – with those customers currently on its 10Mbps, 20Mbps, 30Mbps and 50Mbps all seeing their speeds at least doubled, while those signed up to its current top-end speed of 100Mbps will benefit from the bump up to 120Mbps downlink speeds.