Manchester will be the first city to benefit from UK operator Virgin Media’s ultrafast connectivity roll-out “Project Lightning”.
This major expansion of ultrafast connectivity to 4 million premises over the next five years is the single largest investment in the UK’s broadband digital infrastructure for more than a decade. Up to 150,000 Manchester premises to secure first time access to ultrafast broadband.
“This is wonderful news for Manchester residents and businesses,” comments Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey. “We are in the midst of a remarkable transformation of the UK’s digital landscape, and Virgin Media’s £3bn investment will play an important role in ensuring our cities are fully equipped to meet the challenges of the digital age in which we live.”
Work starts this week to connect the first 20,000 Manchester homes and businesses to broadband speeds of 152Mb. Broadband speed and the capacity it delivers matter for consumers and businesses. Data usage on the Virgin Media network is growing at 60 per cent every year which, if this trend continues, will be 10,000 per cent higher in ten years.