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11,000 premises in Carrickfergus given ultrafast broadband boost

Press release   •   Jun 11, 2019 10:26 BST

Virgin Media has completed the rollout of its ultrafast broadband network in Carrickfergus

Virgin Media has completed the rollout of its ultrafast broadband network in Carrickfergus which will provide more than 11,000 local residents and businesses with the fastest widely available speeds in the UK.

As part of its ‘Project Lightning’ network expansion programme, Virgin Media is expanding its ultrafast broadband network across Northern Ireland, bringing average top speeds of 516Mbps to residents and small businesses.

This will help transform the quality of broadband in the area where the average (median) download speed is 30.4Mbps*.

Carrickfergus will benefit from fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology which allows for smooth, reliable connectivity in the home. With a 516Mbps connection, files, films and games become unbelievably quick to stream, download and upload:

Download a standard HD movie file (5GB) in less than a minute and a half, compared to more than 23 minutes on the average local connection;

Download a 25GB console game in seven minutes, compared to nearly two hours on the average local connection**

Virgin Media has invested more than £65 million in Northern Ireland since 2015, connecting more than 100,000 homes and businesses to its ultrafast, gigabit-capable network that provides the UK’s fastest widely available broadband speeds.

The company already has a large presence in Northern Ireland with its network passing more than 320,000 premises. In Belfast alone, 98% of the city is connected to Virgin Media’s network.

Residents and businesses in Bangor, Newtownards, Portadown, Craigavon, Ballyclare, Comber, Derry, Maghermason and Eglinton have all also been connected to Virgin Media’s ultrafast network in recent years.

Seamus McCorry, Regional Director for Northern Ireland at Virgin Media, said: “We are delighted to have completed our network expansion in Carrickfergus. Our ultrafast broadband speeds will give residents and businesses access to the UK’s fastest widely available network which will enable them to get on and do things more quickly and more easily.”

Anne Donaghy, Chief Executive of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, said: “This new availability in Carrickfergus will build upon our existing broadband capabilities and help improve the digital connectivity throughout the area. This is a great economic and social boost for those living and working in and around the town.”

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  • About Virgin Media
    Virgin Media offers four multi award-winning services across the UK and Ireland: broadband, TV, mobile phone and landline.
    Our dedicated, ultrafast network delivers the fastest widely-available broadband speeds to homes and businesses and we’re expanding this through our Project Lightning programme, which could extend our network to up to 17 million premises.
    Our interactive TV service brings live TV, thousands of hours of on-demand programming and the best apps and games to customers through a set-top box, as well as on-the-go through tablets and smartphones.
    Virgin Mobile launched the world’s first virtual mobile network and offers fantastic value and innovative services with 4G connectivity. We are also one of the largest fixed-line home phone providers in the UK and Ireland.
    Through Virgin Media Business we support entrepreneurs, businesses and the public sector, delivering the fastest widely available broadband speeds and tailor-made services.
    Virgin Media is part of Liberty Global, the world’s largest international TV and broadband company. Liberty Global connects 21 million customers through operations in 10 countries across Europe subscribing to 45 million TV, broadband internet and telephony services. It also serves 6 million mobile subscribers.
  • *The average (median) broadband speed in Mid and East Antrim is 30.4Mbps. Source: Ofcom, Connected Nations Report 2018, published 18 December 2018.
    ** Download speeds calculated using