Virgin Media announces Derry expansion for 100 Mbps service

Tuesday, May 17th 2011
Broadband services in Derry have been upgraded by Virgin Media.
Virgin Media announces Derry expansion for 100 Mbps service
Internet services provider Virgin Media has announced it has expanded its 100 Mbps cable broadband services in Derry, Northern Ireland to an additional 30,000 homes.

The company is set to bring these new services online next month, with its fibre-optic broadband, telephone and TV network coming into direct competition with services offered by competitor BT.

Virgin Media's announcement comes at a time when BT is continuing work on a £3 million investment in fibre-optic cabling for its customers in Derry, with work on the project set to be complete by autumn.

Peter Taddeo, Virgin Media's executive director of sales, said: "We're really excited to bring our latest digital services to Derry. Now families and professionals have a choice of the UK's leading digital entertainment services with the best in TV and ultrafast broadband all supplied by our unique fibre optic network."

He added that the new offering from Virgin Media means that residents in the area will now be offered more choice than ever before in terms of where they receive their broadband, phone and TV services from.

Furthermore, the company stated it now has plans in the pipeline to expand its services elsewhere in the UK, including in Ashford, Staines and Southampton over the coming months.

Meanwhile, Virgin Media competitor BT recently announced it plans to deliver next-generation copper broadband services to more than 20 million homes across the UK by the end of the year.

"It supports the growing demand for high-speed broadband access to a range of online services - including TV, gaming online and multiple voice over internet protocol services," commented Cameron Rejali, managing director of products at BT Wholesale.

Mr Rejali noted that the Wholesale Broadband Connect service aims to cover up to 80 per cent of the UK and hopes to deliver download speeds of 20 Mbps on average when the network is fully up and running.

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