Virgin Media and Liberty Global announce largest investment in UK’s internet infrastructure for more than a decade

Virgin Media Staff



We’re connecting approximately 4 million more UK homes and businesses to broadband speeds of 152Mb, at least twice the fastest speeds available from competitors

6,000 direct new jobs, including 1,000 new apprenticeships, over five years

£3 billion of additional private investment expected to benefit the UK economy by £8 billion

Consumers and small businesses can register at



We’ve previously told you about Virgin Media expanding its network to homes across East London, Glasgow, Sunderland and Teesside.



Well now we’re delighted to announce the launch of “Project Lightning” - the single largest investment in broadband digital infrastructure in the country for more than a decade; creating thousands of new jobs in what will be a multi-billion pound boost to the national economy.



With the support of our parent company Liberty Global, Virgin Media will extend its unrivalled fibre-rich network to approximately four million additional premises over the next five years. This will increase the number of homes and businesses to which we can offer services by almost a third; from around half of the country today to nearly 17 million premises by 2020.



Home workers and small and medium-sized companies will also receive a boost from better connectivity in areas where Virgin Media Business will become available for the first time.



This network expansion programme is expected to create 6,000 new jobs in the UK at Virgin Media and across its construction partners. Roles will be created across the country, including jobs to support engineering and sales efforts.



It will increase the number of apprenticeships created by Virgin Media to 1,000 over the next five years. Almost 1,000 young people have already gained recognised skills and experience in this award-winning scheme while earning, since it began in 2008. Further information about working for Virgin Media is available at



Network expansion will be prioritised according to demand from households and companies, with a focus on areas closest to Virgin Media’s existing network.



Virgin Media is urging communities who want better connectivity to register their interest at



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