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Virgin Media has announced the next 30 locations that will receive fibre-based ultrafast broadband through its Project Lightning programme.

Fibre broadband offering speeds of up to 300Mbps will be delivered directly to these premises as part of the provider's £4 billion network expansion.

The technology will be deployed in the following locations:

  • 1) Windlesham (Surrey)
  • 2) Sutton Courtenay (Oxfordshire)
  • 3) Balsall Common (West Midlands)
  • 4) Old Basing (Hampshire) Oakley (Hampshire)
  • 5) Farnham Common (Buckinghamshire)
  • 6) Wargrave (Berkshire)
  • 7) Lickey, Catshill, Marlbrook &
  • 8) Barnt Green (Worcestershire)
  • 9) Cullingworth (West Yorkshire)
  • 10) Shrivenham (Oxfordshire)
  • 11) Baddesley Ensor (Warwickshire)
  • 12) Harden (West Yorkshire)
  • 13) Broughton Astley (Leicestershire)
  • 14) Grimethorpe (South Yorkshire)
  • 15) Wigginton & Haxby (North Yorkshire)
  • 16) Copmanthorpe (North Yorkshire)
  • 17) Grassmoor (Derbyshire)
  • 18) Pontyclun (Rhondda)
  • 19) Darfield (South Yorkshire)
  • 20) Talke & Talke Pits (Staffordshire)
  • 21) Cudworth (South Yorkshire)
  • 22) Duffield (Derbyshire)
  • 23) Shafton (South Yorkshire)
  • 24) Denham (Buckinghamshire)
  • 25) Llanharry (Rhondda)
  • 26) Marcham (Oxfordshire)
  • 27) North Leigh (Oxfordshire)
  • 28) Repton (Derbyshire)
  • 29) North Cornelly (Bridgend)
  • 30) Watchfield (Oxfordshire)

Paul Buttery, Chief Operating Officer at Virgin Media, commented: "By bringing fibre to the parishes and smaller communities, it shows that ultrafast broadband and top-notch TV isn’t just for big cities.

"We have been overwhelmed by the response from the local communities, and as a result, we have decided to speed up our network expansion plans, to connect the next 30 villages by spring 2017."

However, Mr Buttery insisted that Virgin Media does not plan to stop there. He has therefore urged more communities to "come forward and tell us where we should expand to next".

Households will receive broadband speeds of up to 200Mbps, which Virgin Media says is more than two-and-a-half times faster than the maximum speeds offered by Sky, TalkTalk and BT.

This, it stated, means every member of the family will be able to stream music, watch movies and perform other tasks online all at the same time.

Businesses with ultrafast connections will benefit from speeds of up to 300Mbps. Virgin Media says this is nearly four times faster than the maximum speeds available from its competitors.

The company believes this will enable businesses to "reach their potential by delivering better services and greater capacity".

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