Virgin Media starts work to put 8,000 Ashford premises on faster broadband

Virgin Media has begun work to connect more premises in Ashford, Kent, to their fibre-optic broadband, offering faster speeds. The company is adding 8,000 businesses and households to their superfast network, in a rollout that plans to reach 108,000 premises in Kent, as part of their Project Lightning with a spend of £3 billion. The company claims it can boost download speeds across the county to 300Mbps, as against the 18Mbps average currently delivered here.

Regional director for South East, Neil Bartholomew, at Virgin Media, said they are delighted to expand to tens of thousands more premises, to help the county become a world-class digital hotspot. Residents of Ashford can benefit from streaming of live TV, via Virgin’s set-top-box, besides on-demand shows, recordings and movies, plus 4G connectivity from Virgin Mobile.

MP for Ashford, Damien Green, who is also the secretary for Works and Pensions, said he was delighted that ultrafast broadband will be made widely available and this is a huge boom for domestic and business customers alike, towards making the area more successful in the near future.

Leader of Ashford Borough Council, Gerry Clarkson, was happy that Virgin Media has made such a significant investment in digital infrastructure here, as a town like Ashford needs the best technology and this would make it faster, easier and more efficient to connect their residents and businesses. Not underestimating its importance, their Local Plan to 2030 includes a Fibre-to-the Premises policy, he added.

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