Virgin's Project Lightning comes to Scotland
Mar 3rd 2017, 15:48 by Charlotte Whyatt
38,000 homes and businesses across Edinburgh and Lothian are set to receive fibre optic broadband by the end of 2018 through Virgin Media’s £3 billion Project Lightning network expansion scheme.
Launched back in 2015 in conjunction with Liberty Global, the aim of Project Lighting is to provide 4 million premises across the UK with superfast broadband.
This promise was extended to cover an extra 360,000 homes and businesses throughout Scotland back in October 2015 after public demand for the service reached an all-time high.
It’s hoped that around a third of this 360,000 will be hooked up to the network by the end of year.
“Broadband is crucial for the future prosperity of Midlothian - helping pupils with homework, supporting businesses and helping reduce social isolation by making it easier for people to communicate online,” said MP Owen Thompson.
“I know from the huge volumes of correspondence from constituents that this will be welcomed by residents and business across Midlothian.”
Scotland’s government have pledged to make superfast broadband available to every home and business across the country by 2021 in a project known as the R100 programme and have asked Edinburgh based IT consultancy firm FarrPoint to advise them on the best way to proceed.
“The R100 programme is a crucial part of the government's vision for ensuring that Scotland's digital infrastructure is among the best in the world,” said Andrew Muir, FarrPoint’s chief executive and co-founder. “We are delighted to have been appointed and to be able to build on our previous work with the Scottish Government in the superfast broadband space.
By the end of 2016, Virgin Media’s total broadband base had risen to 4.9 million subscribers. They currently provide a total of 14.1 million broadband, video and fixed-line telephone services to 5.7 million people across the UK.
Source: Daily Record
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