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Virgin Media is to supply ultrafast broadband to more than 2,000 newly-built properties across the UK.

The company has struck a deal with Bloor Homes to ensure ultrafast connections are available at eight urban and rural sites in Manchester, Exeter, Coventry, Leicestershire, Nottingham and Malmesbury.

Occupants will have access to what Virgin Media says are the fastest widely-available broadband speeds, as well as interactive TV with more than 230 channels.

The scheme forms part of Virgin Media's £3 billion Project Lightning network expansion, which will see 17 million premises connected to its ultrafast broadband network by 2019.

Paul Buttery, Chief Operating Officer at Virgin Media, commented: "We’re delighted to have signed a nationwide agreement with Bloor, proving that Virgin Media has the backing and the people to create the connected homes people deserve. 

"Bloor is among the first homebuilders to benefit from working with Virgin Media at scale and we look forward to our future together."

Chris Burton, Group Commercial Director at Bloor Homes, added that ultrafast broadband access and engaging entertainment "sit at the heart of any leading-edge household today". 

"We build every home with its future owners in mind so I'm delighted to be working with Virgin Media," he said.

"Together we will ensure our customers can get the best home technology and are able to make the most of a connected digital home firsthand.”

This comes after Virgin Media announced a partnership with the Home Builders Federation (HBF) to offer ultrafast broadband services to new homes.

Stewart Baseley, Executive Chairman of the HBF, stated that with internet access being so "vital to the way we live our lives", being able to ensure new homes offer "21st century connectivity is a key consideration for builders".

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