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Virgin Media has announced plans to extend its ultrafast broadband network in Scotland.

The rollout will form part of the ongoing Project Lightning, a £3 billion scheme to extend ultrafast fibre broadband to 17 million homes by 2019.

This latest announcement means an extra 360,000 homes and businesses in Scotland will be added to its ultrafast broadband network.

At least two-thirds of these will be connected directly with fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband.

Households that subscribe to Virgin Media's services will then be able to benefit from download speeds of up to 200Mbps, while local businesses can sign up to receive speeds of up to 300Mbps.

Tom Mockridge, Chief Executive Officer at Virgin Media, commented: "Virgin Media is building the only genuinely ultrafast fibre broadband network. 

"Scotland will benefit first from our plans to accelerate the rollout of fibre broadband. 

"This private investment will give people in Scotland the broadband boost they deserve and help to drive economic growth."

Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity in Scotland, added that the Scottish government wants the country to become a "world-class digital nation". 

"A key part of this is future-proofed digital infrastructure that will boost connectivity," he said.

"That is why we are committed to providing superfast broadband for 100 per cent of premises in Scotland by 2021."

Mr Ewing stated that commercial investment has a part to play in helping to reach this target.

"I welcome Virgin Media’s announcement that two-thirds of their build in Scotland will be Fibre to the Premise, providing genuinely world-class infrastructure capable of delivering ultrafast connectivity," he said.

This follows the recent news that Project Lightning would be extended just across the English border in Carlisle.

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