Virgin Media O2 (VMO2), the enlarged entity formed from the merger of cellco O2 UK and cableco Virgin Media, has announced that 100% of the latter’s network in Scotland has now been upgraded to offer gigabit speeds. In a press release regarding the development, it was revealed that 1.2 million premises in Scotland, and 2.8 million people (representing more than 50% of the population), now have access to Virgin Media’s top-speed service, which has been made available via the rollout of DOCSIS 3.1 technology.
Alongside the speed increase, VMO2 was also keen to highlight the continued expansion of coverage in Scotland. According to the company, since 2015 it has invested more than GBP180 million (USD239.5 million) to connect 300,000 homes and businesses in Scotland to its network under its ‘Project Lightning’ network expansion programme. This year alone the operator claimed to have connected ‘tens of thousands of homes including in Glasgow, East Lothian, Dundee, Fife, East Renfrewshire and Angus’.
Away from its fixed infrastructure, VMO2 also revealed that O2 UK has been upgrading its mobile network in Scotland, with the cellco having provided a 4G upgrade to almost 13,000 postcodes since the start of the year, including at busy destinations such as the Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens, University of Glasgow, St Johnstone’s McDiarmid Park and Musselburgh Racecourse. In addition, O2 UK was also confirmed to have started rolling out new sites under the Shared Rural Network agreement in areas such as South Knapdale, Elvingston, Hamnavoe and the Isle of Harris.