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Virgin Media Expand Ultrafast Broadband to 22,000 Premises in Carlisle

Friday, November 11th, 2016 (4:00 pm) - Score 1,455

Cable and fibre optic provider Virgin Media has announced that some 22,000 additional homes and businesses in Carlisle (Cumbria, England) will be the next to benefit from the on-going £3bn ‘Project Lightning’ expansion of their 300Mbps capable broadband and TV network.

Apparently work on the new deployment is already underway and should complete before the end of next summer 2017. Overall Virgin Media aims to reach 17 million premises by 2019 (i.e. an extra 4 million premises – 50% of which will be delivered via FTTP), which should boost their UK coverage to around 60-65%.

Martin McFadyen, Regional Director at Virgin Media, said:

“It’s official – Carlisle has struck broadband and entertainment gold! Residents will soon be getting the high-speed connectivity and top-notch TV they deserve. We urge residents to come together and register their interest – your street could be next.”

Les Tickner, Deputy Leader of Carlisle City Council, said:

“We welcome the commitment by Virgin Media to invest in Carlisle. As the city grows, improvements to connectivity are needed to meet the demands of residents and businesses. This type of infrastructure development builds business confidence and will hopefully encourage other businesses to come to Carlisle.”


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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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13 Responses
  1. AndyC says:

    Is it possible to find out where in carlisle they are going? i signed up to cable my street several months ago and heard nothing else.

    1. Ignition says:

      http://roadworks.org might be helpful.

    2. Ignition says:

      I also just noticed that Virgin have updated their availability checker. It’s telling me it’s on the way to me here. Worth keeping an eye on.

    3. Data Analysis says:

      Hope it does become available for you Ignition. No more waiting for cabinets to be upgraded or campaigning on your part for your area to get real superfast speeds.

    4. Mark says:

      Once I saw this post (and the replies) I went to check for availability on VMs site which previously said “no” for our address (the outskirts of Hartshill, Nun, Warks). It now says “Your community has been chosen for future development, but right now we can’t confirm when we’ll be able to connect this address to Virgin Media services. We’re working as fast as we can to get to you, so please register below and we’ll keep you updated.”

      Good news I suppose seeing as we’ve been without broadband for 10 weeks now thanks to a screw up with BT!

    5. Ignition says:

      Might well be an FTTP build, too. Where VM have built to entirely new villages / towns FTTP will be the predominant technology.

    6. Gordon says:

      You lucky (expletive) ignition 😀

    7. AndyC says:

      Well that website is useless all it shows for the next 12 month is all the gas replacement work, oh and 2 instances where they are are fitting those useless led street lights.

      as for the local paper all they know about virgin is that they opened a new shop in carlisle next to the new primark.

      Will have a chat to them when i go upgrade to one of there 4g mobile deals

    8. Ignition says:

      I was talking about Mark 🙂 This area was started early last year and is an HFC build. High end HFC but HFC.

    9. Mark says:


      Virgin is available about 1-3 miles away from our location & that has been there years (I believe it was Telewest). So it’ll obviously be old coax (like at our previous place which was ComTel) & highly doubt Virgin would use FTTP when I think it would be cheaper for them to use the existing coax infrastructure as they won’t have to extend it very far.

      I wonder when they’ll start doing it!

  2. john says:

    LOL lucky? wait till hes on it and getting 4mbps in the evenings. If they can deliver stable speeds for FTTP then they can dam well do it for the rest of us customers also!

    1. Data Analysis says:

      Your imagination seems to be out of control as already explained to you by others, read from this post down.

      Had an acceptable 3rd place here…

      and are one of the least complained about to Ofcom…

      Please wake from you fantasy and repetitive, always altering speed claims on Virgin. Or you could recommend who your ISP is nowaadays.

  3. Andrew says:

    I live in Carlisle, have just taken out VIVID300 (“up to 300Mbps down, 20Mbps up”) and no traffic management, and am getting 320Mbps down, 21Mbps up, it’s not often that you get above the “up to” speeds! I am so impressed, and I get consistent, stable speed.
    Just a shame that the SuperHub 3.0 isn’t too great, but you can put it in modem mode and it performs OK (I am currently using this with PFSense and have not noticed any issues yet)

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