Virgin Media is ramping up its super-fast broadband roll out, adding 5,000 new homes in the North East of England to its roster.
An entirely new stretch of Virgin’s cable network, which covers roughly 12 million premises, is being built in Hartlepool, Darlington, Sunderland and Stockton-On-Tees and is due to be finished by by the end of October.
Once completed, customers will be able to tap into superfast broadband services providing download speeds up to 152Mbps.
Helen Goodman, MP for Bishop Auckland and shadow minister for culture, media and sport said: “We welcome Virgin Media’s investment in better broadband in the North East.
“I have also been lucky enough to learn of the innovative new techniques that network builders like Virgin Media are exploring to lay faster broadband more quickly and efficiently, which has to be good news for closing the digital divide.”
Virgin Media might not be as heavily involved in rural broadband expansion as BT is but that hasn’t stopped it from trialling new techniques. In leafy Cambridgeshire the UK’s biggest cable network is currently investigating how ‘narrow trenching’ could be used to launch faster speeds in rural areas.
In the past, Virgin Media has also reached out to the North East Lincolnshire villages of Habrough and Stallingborough and Yorkshire’s Castle Howard – perhaps better known as the eponymous castle from ITV’s Brideshead Revisited adaptation.
Over 100,000 new customers living in the isolated and deeply rural city of London will also be able to order Virgin Media services by the end of the year.
Virgin Media’s network lets customers sign up for bundles of TV packages as well as superfast broadband. The Big Kahuna bundle features its superfast broadband and Virgin Media TiVo for just £45/month. If you’re on the hunt for a new mobile deal as well, you can add on a mobile SIM with 250MB of data, unlimited texts and minutes for an extra £5/month.
TV customers can add Sky Sports and Sky Movies as well as BT Sport HD. Virgin Media TiVo customers can also tap into an ever-expanding suite of on-demand services including BBC iPlayer, YouTube, 4oD, ITV Player, Netflix, Demand 5 and Spotify. The company is also working with Amazon on bringing Prime Instant Video to Virgin Media TiVo, but there’s currently no word on when this will arrive.