Virgin Media announced the latest expansion of its “Project Lightning” network program for taking ultrafast broadband networking across the UK. The new expansion will offer broadband speeds up to 362 Mbps for more than 7,000 residential and small business properties in Sunderland.
The expansion is targeting Shiney Row, Penshaw, and Silksworth where current network download speeds average just 36.6 Mbps. Virgin Media plans to use narrow trenching techniques where suitable conditions allow to ensure the most efficient buildout, minimizing waste levels and reducing disruption to communities.
Through the investment, Virgin Media hopes to provide a boost to the city’s business, particularly the technology sector. According to a recent report by TechNation, Sunderland is home to one of the fastest-growing digital technology sectors in the UK, with the number of technology users in that sector growing by 26 percent over the past four years.
“This investment fits perfectly with our ambitions to establish the city as a digital pioneer and we are working closely with Virgin Media, who are a major employer in the region, to ensure disruption to residents is kept to a minimum and the process is as smooth as possible,” commented Sunderland City Council Leader, Cllr Graeme Miller.
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