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5,000 more homes in North East to get Virgin Media network access

Virgin Media is on the expansion path again, this time some 5,000 properties in Hartlepool, Darlington, Sunderland and Stockton-On-Tees are set to benefit.

"Extending our network across the region means thousands more homes will benefit from the UK’s fastest widely available broadband for the first time. We are proud to be supercharging Teesside, helping people make the most of the UK’s exciting digital future.

Tom Mockridge, Virgin Media’s Chief Executive Officer

The roll-out is expected to be complete by the end of October 2014 and while no announcement has been made of the streets to be covered, those in the area may want to try Virgin's coming soon site to see if they are one of those in the build area.

From looking at the reams of speed test data for Virgin Media customers that we have, it looks like all the four areas have already benefited from the Virgin Media download speed upgrades, but the improvements in upload speed so far look to have only benefited Sunderland (or Sunderland has an unusual mixture of customers in terms of what speeds they buy) with a median upload of 5.5 Mbps compared to 3 Mbps in the other three areas. In terms of median download speed they are all pretty similar with figures between 39.1 Mbps and 42.9 Mbps.


Still no infill for missing streets in large towns (Bristol) that have no access.

  • rtho782
  • over 6 years ago

Agree on the above comment loads of Grimsby and Scunthorpe still to infill.

  • chefbyte
  • over 6 years ago

OK, I already have Virgin in my area but thought I'd test it and it tells me "Nothing is available in your area at this time."

You'd have thought that they'd linked it to their other checker because if I am geniune prospect customer, they've just managed to lose me. If I bookmark that page, I'll keep checking this page and never sign up!

Crazy for a communications business.

  • CaptainW
  • over 6 years ago

But they will not connect me to the cabinet, located at the end of my driveway.

  • Brunel
  • over 6 years ago

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