200Mb Virgin Media broadband arriving in Leicestershire
Virgin Media has announced that its next rollout of superfast broadband, part of its Project Lightning, will come to six villages in Leicestershire.
16,000 premises are set to receive 200Mb connections from the provider. The villages of Blaby, Countesthorpe, and Enderby will be the first in the region to get connected – with some homes even going online before Christmas – followed by Whetstone, Narborough, and Cosby in the new year. The provider is using a new method to lay the cables connecting the villages, known as ‘narrow trenching’. The method reduces the width of the trench where the cables lie – hence the name – and mean engineers can cover twice as much ground in a day with less disruption to residents.
Tom Mockridge, Virgin Media CEO, said: “Expanding our network to villages such as Blaby and Enderby shows that Project Lightning is not just about building in big cities, we’re also investing to bring ultrafast broadband to towns and villages close to our existing network across the UK.
“The innovative use of narrow-trenching means that we’ll be laying fibre optic cable all the way to customers’ doorsteps, future-proofing their homes for tomorrow’s connectivity and rolling out network more quickly. We hope that we can count on government and local authority support to use this technique in more parts of the UK.”
Locals in the Leicestershire villages can find more details about when their homes will be connected on virginmedia.com/cablemystreet, or by visiting the Leicester city centre Virgin Media store on Gallowtree Gate.
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