As part of the Project Lightning expansion by Virgin Media a 'Supercharge Local Communities' initiative has been running and as a result of some 7,000 votes cast over a two month period 10 communities are set to benefit from the arrival of Virgin Media.
The service choice will be the usual suite of Virgin Media broadband,phone and TV products which currently tops out at 200 Mbps download (upgrades starting to up 20 Mbps upload) with a home worker or business package also available in some areas with speeds of up to 300 Mbps. The difference for these ten areas is that the delivery will utilise FTTP, with narrow trenching allowing deployment of up to 100 metres a day.
By announcing the areas we may actually be able to mark the expansion as both Virgin Media and FTTP available at the same time, so we will be keeping a close eye on the roll-outs. We have just updated our coverage tracker to show the level of ultrafast connectivity over time in the various parts of the UK, since after a few years of relatively flat availability the coverage levels are starting to edge up and we hope that this might rise from 50.3% now, to around 65% in 2018 and fingers crossed rise further, the exact result is hard to predict as a lot depends on the unknown of how much all the commercial roll-outs will overlap.
Virgin Media is still tracking demand and is now looking actively at demand for areas in some 18 counties, so if interested visit cablemystreet to register interest.