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18th December, 2019 (3 Comments)

Cable and fibre optic ISP Virgin Media (Liberty Global) has continued their stream of piecemeal roll-out announcements today by revealing that 2,600 premises in New Edlington (Doncaster, Yorkshire) have now been reached by their new Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based broadband and TV network.

16th December, 2019 (18 Comments)

Some 8,500 premises in the large urban village of Cudworth (South Yorkshire) have become the latest to go live on Virgin Media’s new Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband and TV network, which at present can deliver average download speeds of 516Mbps and this will be upgraded to support 1Gbps in the near future.

3rd December, 2019 (6 Comments)

Cable ISP Virgin Media has today announced that their on-going “Project Lightning” expansion has just completed deployment of a Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network to cover 6,500 extra premises in Gainsborough (Lincolnshire), which will give locals access to broadband speeds of 516Mbps.

27th November, 2019 (52 Comments)

As predicted cable and full fibre ISP Virgin Media has today announced that the third urban UK location to benefit from their new 1Gbps broadband speed upgrade is the town of Reading and surrounding areas, which follows close behind Greater Manchester and Southampton. The service formally goes live tomorrow.

25th November, 2019 (11 Comments)

Cable ISP Virgin Media has issued an update on the Project Lightning expansion of their ultrafast broadband and TV network in Scotland, which has so far seen them invest an extra £150m to reach a further 220,000 premises since 2016. We assume they’re still headed toward the 360,000 target set a few years ago.

7th November, 2019 (33 Comments)

Cable ISP Virgin Media UK (Liberty Global) has posted their latest Q3 2019 results, which reveals that their “gigabit capable” internet and TV network covered another 119,000 premises in the quarter (total of 1.9 million added since 2015) and their total broadband base now stands at 5,269,100 (up by +2.4K in Q3 vs +7.1K in Q2).

4th November, 2019 (19 Comments)

Broadband ISP Virgin Media UK has announced that they’ve completed the deployment of their Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based “ultrafast broadband” network to 2,000 extra premises in the town of Shildon (Durham, England) and 600 premises in Templepatrick (N.Ireland), which can now access download speeds of 516Mbps (soon 1Gbps).

30th October, 2019 (8 Comments)

Cable operator Virgin Media UK has announced that they’ve been able to harness Openreach’s (BT) existing cable ducts in order to complete the expansion of their FTTP based ultrafast broadband and TV network to 15,500 premises (homes and businesses) in the town of Lurgan, County Armagh (Northern Ireland).


22nd October, 2019 (64 Comments)

Cable operator Virgin Media UK (Liberty Global) has today announced that the second UK city area to benefit from their new 1Gbps broadband speed upgrade is Greater Manchester, which is set to benefit around 500,000 premises in the area and follows Southampton (100,000 premises) as their first city last month.


17th October, 2019 (11 Comments)

The Culture Secretary, Nicky Morgan MP, has confirmed that the Government is still focused upon delivering “gigabit-capable” broadband to all by the end of 2025. The target appeared to be cast into doubt earlier this week after a briefing on the Queen’s Speech (here) adopted the vague wording “as soon as possible.“


14th October, 2019 (12 Comments)

The Queen has today carried out the annual State Opening of Parliament, which as per usual included a list of policy plans that the Government intends to put forward over the coming years. As expected this included some planned legislation for broadband and internet safety related matters.

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30th September, 2019 (149 Comments)

Credible sources have revealed to ISPreview.co.uk that ISP Virgin Media’s new DOCSIS 3.1 powered 1Gbps broadband package, which is due to go live in Southampton first before becoming available to all 15 million of their UK premises by 2021 (here), is expected to cost from £62 per month standalone. Further details follow.

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29th September, 2019 (77 Comments)

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, is this week expected to commit £5bn of public funding in order to support his seemingly now watered down ambition to have “Gigabit broadband sprouting in every home” by the end of 2025 (full fibre, cable broadband, 5G etc.).

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23rd September, 2019 (10 Comments)

UK ISP Virgin Media Business has won the Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) contract for Belfast in Northern Ireland, which will see more than 200 public sector sites being linked up by a new Gigabit-capable data network. The move should also complement Virgin Media’s 1Gbps DOCSIS 3.1 broadband rollout for homes.

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14th September, 2019 (57 Comments)

Several industry sources have indicated to ISPreview.co.uk that they now expect the Government to water down Boris Johnson’s (Prime Minister) pledge to cover the United Kingdom in “full fibre” (FTTP) broadband by 2025, which will instead be replaced by “gigabit” or “gigafast” terminology (i.e. delivery by more than just full fibre).

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15th August, 2019 (31 Comments)

Cable ISP Virgin Media UK has begun to invite selected customers in Southampton (Hampshire) to help trial their new DOCSIS 3.1 network upgrade, which will boost the service’s top download speed to 1000Mbps (albeit only 50Mbps upload) on existing Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) and full fibre FTTP lines.

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9th August, 2019 (13 Comments)

The CEO of Liberty Global, Mike Fries, has lent more weight to reports that sibling Virgin Media UK might be planning to establish an alternative network ISP in order to reach into the 10 million or so premises that their existing ultrafast cable and FTTP broadband network does not serve (e.g. rural areas, suburbs and smaller towns).

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