If you live in Southampton and are bemoaning the lack of access to Virgin Media cable TV/broadband services in your part of town, then todays news of plans by the firm to almost double its coverage in Southampton will be very welcome.
Virgin Media is continuing its network expansion plans, enlarging its footprint to add 100,000 homes by the end of 2011. So far, the expansion in 2011 has added an extra 70,000 homes passed in places like Derry (Northern Ireland) and Staines (West London). As new network builds, they generally come enabled with access to Virgin's flagship 100Mbps broadband service.
Average usage on the Virgin Media cable network is over 25GB a month, which to give some idea of how much this is, is roughly 30 minutes of streamed music a day, thirty hours of online TV, a couple of hours of YouTube clips, and thousands of web pages and emails.
While the expansion is good news, there are some people for whom it is not all good news. We have seen letters sent out to Virgin Media customers in the Westminster area that the firm is closing down its operation in the area in January 2012 due to the costs of upgrading the old BT based cable network in the area.