Virgin Media have announced its acquisition of Smallworld Fibre for an undisclosed amount. The deal will see thousands of homes in western Scotland and north west England benefit from access to the UK’s fastest widely available broadband and the most advanced TV entertainment service for the first time later this year.
Smallworld’s fibre optic network currently passes 40,000 homes, delivering top broadband speeds of 100Mb, cable TV including over a hundred channels, and landline phone services to customers in Irvine, Dreghorn, Troon and Kilmarnock as well as Carlisle, Lancaster and Morecambe.
Virgin Media will connect Smallworld’s network to the company’s own superfast fibre optic infrastructure, which already passes half of all UK homes.
Virgin Media currently offers award-winning broadband eight times faster than the national average at 120Mb – a speed which the company is soon to increase to 152Mb, twice as fast as BT or anything else widely available.
The company also offers customers Virgin Media TiVo, a next generation digital entertainment service that combines over two hundred TV channels, HD and 3D TV as well as thousands of hours of on demand entertainment and the best of web, all searchable through a sophisticated, intelligent set-top box.
“Even better broadband can open up fantastic possibilities for people as well as support the economic growth of an area,” says Paul Buttery, Virgin Media’s chief customer, technology and networks officer. “Smallworld will help us bring Virgin Media’s advanced services to thousands of homes, businesses and organisations for the very first time. Their great network is a perfect fit for us as we continue to invest and look for the right opportunities to grow. We’re excited about what the region has to offer and what we can offer the region.”