Virgin Media UK, Monday said that it plans to connect approximately 240,000 additional homes and businesses with fibre to the premise (FTTP) in Scodland.
Backed by parent company Liberty Global, Virgin Media is expanding its ultrafast fibre broadband network as part of a £3bn UK-wide investment – known as ‘Project Lightning’ – to reach 17 million premises, an additional 4 million homes and business.
In Scotland, Virgin Media said it already reaches one million homes and businesses and work has started to reach the additional 360,000 homes and business, announced last month.
More than a third of the additional homes and business will be available by the end of 2017 in both urban and rural areas.
Increasingly, the Company expects a greater proportion of new connections to its network will be FTTP. Earlier this month Virgin Media announced more than 50 per cent of premises connected under its Project Lightning plans would benefit from FTTP.
Scotland is the first to benefit from such a large scale rollout. Using new engineering techniques such a ‘narrow trenching’, FTTP can be deployed more quickly in areas where demand is high, said Virgin Media.