British broadband provider Virgin Media has announced that, under the auspices of its ‘Project Lightning’ programme, it has extended its network reach to a further 150,000 premises in Northern Ireland. In a press release, the operator claimed that having invested more than GBP100 million (USD123 million) to date in the region, around half of all homes and businesses in the Northern Ireland are now within the footprint of its ultrafast broadband network. It noted that more than 30 towns and villages had benefited from its network expansion, including: Belfast, Bangor, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Craigavon, Lurgan, New Buildings, Portadown, Magheramason, Sion Mills and Templepatric.
Meanwhile, with Virgin Media claiming that its network in Northern Ireland is currently providing average broadband speeds of 516Mbps, it has confirmed plans to ramp up broadband speeds in the region after it ‘committed to introducing gigabit connectivity to its entire footprint by the end of 2021’.
Seamus McCorry, Regional Director for Northern Ireland at Virgin Media, said of the network improvements: ‘We’re expanding our gigabit-capable network in Northern Ireland so that more homes, businesses and public sector organisations can benefit from our ultrafast, reliable and resilient network.’