Virgin Media’s cable network is to roll out to around 7,000 homes and business in Swindon, as well as several new homes in the future, the provider has announced.
As part of its ambitious Project Lightning, the network will bring the provider's superfast broadband, line rental, and TV services to the areas.
In Swindon, Virgin Media's work will begin over the next couple of months, hopefully finishing up early next year. Target areas for the rollout are the north-west and any gaps the provider has previously missed - including the Haydon, Priory Vale, Blunsdon St Andrew, Greenmeadow, Old Town, Toothill, and Eastleaze.
Once it's done, residents will be able to get broadband with download speeds up to 200Mb, and businesses up to 300Mb.
"This is a significant and very much welcome boost for fellow Swindon residents," said Justin Tomlinson, MP for Swindon North. "There is absolutely no doubt there will be huge demand, especially as for many it will be the first time they have access to genuinely superfast fibre broadband."
If your home or business is in Swindon and you'd like a Virgin Media package, visit virginmedia.com/cablemystreet to register your interest.
Meanwhile, Virgin Media has also partnered with the Home Builders Federation (HBF) to help bring its network to new home builds across the country too. The partnerships will mean that "the majority" of new homes in England and Wales will be constructed with the infrastructure to support Virgin Media's services.
It'll provide developers with all the equipment they need to connect homes to its network, offer a rebate scheme and dedicated managers, and launch a new portal to make things easier for housing developers.
With any luck, it'll bring the provider ever closer to its goal of reaching 4 million more homes and businesses - including 1 million via full FTTP (fibre to the premises) connections.
Source: Virgin Media