Virgin Media's network to cover Ballyclare and Portadown of Northern Ireland

Saturday, July 7th 2018

Virgin Media UK in recent has informed that they are going to roll out their 350 Mbps based Ultrafast Broadband & TV services to Ballyclare (upto 5000 premises) and Portadown (upto 1200 premises) of Northern Ireland's town counties as a part of its Project Lightning network extension programme worth £3bn.

The work has already on in Ballyclare and will complete by the later 2019. Whereas the work will begin in few weeks at Portadown and will get over by this year end. In total, Virgin Media is expected to deploy their Hybrid Fibre Coax network and FTTP based EuroDocSIS network to reach around 4 million premises by 2019-20 which make their UK coverage to become 60% of premises.

Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon - Cllr Julie Flaherty said that this is a wonderful news for Portadown and they feel delighted to expect an ultrafast broadband to reach upto 1200 premises. So that the residents of the area will get benefited by accessing broadband which supports an ultrafast speeds – 16 times faster than that of current average. Good connectivity is a must for now which helps homes and businesses to make everything using internet.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey - Cllr Paul Michael said that it is fantastic news that Virgin Media has come up to execute their network to reach around 5000 premises in their borough with ultrafast broadband network. This will for sure help to make the borough a better place of living & working.

The network service provider said that they are going to adopt the techniques of 'narrow trenching' in their roll out and they will post the information leaflets at least a week before the work gets started to inform the premises that are going to get affected. In case of any local issues, there will also be available a Local Community Liaison Officer. And many public information events are being planned to discuss about the work and detailed information will be published in local shops and on social media.

The important thing is that the network provider mention their lines as gigabit based network which means that the ISP shows their interest to adopt DOCSIS 3.1 standard (capable of delivering with the speed of 1 Gbps). The current deployment is a part of Virgin Media's earlier commitment to reach 50000 premises in the Norther Ireland which was announed last year in August and in addition the provider has completed their big portion of their network to reach around 24000 premises recently in Bangor.

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