Work gets underway this week to expand Virgin Media’s broadband network to an additional 20,000 Manchester homes and businesses.
The work is the first stage in the cable provider’s previously announced £3bn plan to boost the number of homes and firms covered by its high-speed fibre network.
When the project is complete 150,000 Manchester premises will be covered by the network which is also being expanded in other towns and cities over the next five years.
Tom Mockridge, Virgin Media Chief Executive Officer, said: “Our message is simple: help us to cable your street. If you want to switch to broadband speeds twice as fast as you can get today, simply register with Virgin Media to ‘cablemystreet’.”
Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey, said: “This is wonderful news for Manchester residents and businesses. “We are in the midst of a remarkable transformation of the UK’s digital landscape, and Virgin Media’s £3bn investment will play an important role in ensuring our cities are fully equipped to meet the challenges of the digital age in which we live.”