Virgin Media is set to expand its cable network to cover a whopping 450,000 more homes and businesses in London - a city that has surprisingly lax coverage from the provider at the moment.
In particular, Virgin will roll out to 6,000 premises in Westminster, and to a huge 40,000 premises in Barnet and the surrounding neighbourhoods - most of which it hopes will be FTTP (fibre to the premises) connections, in which the phone line is fibre optic all the way from the exchange to the building.
The other areas it expects to roll out to are:
- Hammersmith and Fulham
- St John's Wood
Right now, Virgin Media's network covers a measly 100,000 premises. By early 2017 it hopes to have connected an extra 100,000; and by the end of 2018, the grand total will be up to 450,000.
Because the provider delivers all of its services through the same cable network, a rollout to an area will mean the buildings there will have access to Virgin Media's superfast broadband, home phone, TV, and business broadband services.
That means download speeds of up to 200Mb for homes and up to 300Mb for businesses ought to be available.
As well as the general network rollout, it's also trialling public Wi-Fi hotspots in Islington and Croydon for its customers to connect to.
Local councils are thrilled with the news. MP for Chipping Barnet Theresa Villiers said: "This is great news. Many of my constituents want to have Virgin's network as one of the choices open to them for their household or business connection needs."
Philippa Roe of Westminster City Council also said she was "delighted" at the rollout. She said: "This investment, and that by other broadband providers, is vital to making sure Westminster remains a City for All and an unrivalled place to live, work and invest in."
If you're in Westminster or Barnet and want a Virgin Media connection when it arrives, you can register your interest at virginmedia.com/cablemystreet.
Source: Virgin Media