Virgin Media extends Project Lightning to Carlisle

Virgin Media has announced plans to extends its ultrafast broadband network in Carlisle. The rollout will form part of the ongoing Project Lightning, a ?3 billion scheme to extend ultrafast fibre broadband to 17 million homes by 2019. Work on the infrastructure upgrades in Carlisle has already commenced and is set to be completed by the end of summer next year.

Households that subscribe to Virgin Media’s services will then be able to benefit from download speeds of up to 200Mbps, while local businesses and home workers can sign up to receive speeds of up to 300Mbps. Subscribers will also have access to 260 television channels, including 66 HD channels, as well as BT Sport, Netflix, Sky Movies and Sky Sports, along with an extensive library of on-demand content. Martin McFadyen, Regional Director at Virgin Media, described the offering as “broadband and entertainment gold”.

“Residents will soon be getting the high-speed connectivity and top-notch TV they deserve,” he commented.

“We urge residents to come together and register their interest – your street could be next.”

Carlisle MP John Stevenson added that high-quality infrastructure is very important if the city is to succeed. This, he said, is why Virgin Media’s investment in the area is extremely welcome.

“Fast internet is vital in today’s economy and this announcement means that local residents and businesses will benefit from some of the fastest broadband in the country,” Mr Stevenson commented. The announcement comes shortly after Virgin Media revealed it saw a further increase in the number of broadband customers between July and September 2016.1

The company’s broadband base grew to 4,867,900 customers in the third quarter of the year – an increase of 59,900.

This helped its overall number of customer additions grow by 92,000, which is its best Q3 result in seven years.


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Virgin Media brings fibre expansion to Carlisle

Virgin Media announced that homes and businesses in Carlisle will be next to benefit from its broadband network expansion. As part of its Project Lightning, Virgin Media plans to expand its fibre-optic network to 22,000 homes and businesses in Carlisle. Work has already begun in the area and is expected to be completed before the end summer 2017, the company said.

Backed by parent company Liberty Global, Virgin Media is investing GBP 3 billion to extend its fibre broadband to an additional 4 million premises.

The new network brings services up to 200 Mbps for consumers and 300 Mbps for businesses.

Carlisle shop owner’s frustration at superfast broadband work


Carlisle Shop Owner's Frustration At Superfast Broadband Work

Abdul Ghafoor

1 June 2016 10:08AM

Abdul Ghafoor was angered to discover that Virgin Media contractors had set up outside his business HDM Spice Shop as he opened the store up yesterday after the bank holiday weekend. He said: No-one is going to be coming into my shop.

I m already struggling with roadworks in this area and now they re right outside my door.

They re doing the TV cable wiring and hardly anyone is passing because they can t.

They ve said they re going to be here for a while but I m sick and tired of it. Mr Ghafoor says he did not receive any notification or warning that work was to start near his property although Virgin Media say letters were sent to residents and businesses.

It is understood that an engineer visited the Brook Street area yesterday. Correct procedures relating to the planning and installation of new cable were followed, the company said afterwards adding that checks were also carried out to ensure that all local businesses had sufficient access to their premises. A Virgin Media spokesperson said: Virgin Media is expanding its network to bring ultrafast broadband speeds to millions more homes and businesses.

We would like to thank the residents and local businesses on Brook Street for their patience during this time, as we endeavour to minimise disruption to local communities.

In this case, we did notify local residents of the work in advance and we apologise for any inconvenience we may have caused.

HDM Spice Shop, owned by Mr Ghafoor and his wife Saj, is a halal butcher and Asian grocery business.

1 June 2016 10:04AM