Virgin Media brings Lightning to Scotland as it pledges 36,000 premise expansion

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Virgin Media has confirmed plans to expand its Project Lightning initiative to a further 36,000 premises in Scotland by 2019. 

Project Lightning is a £3 billion initiative from Virgin Media which aims to expand the ISP's 300Mbps broadband and TV network across the UK. An extra four million premises are due to be connected as part of the initiative, bringing the number which Virgin Media covers to a total of 17 million (representing around 60 – 65 percent of the population.) 

Martin McFadyen, Virgin Media’s Director for Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be expanding our network to bring better broadband, faster connectivity and top-notch TV to more premises across Scotland. Our ambition is to give more people in Scotland the broadband boost they deserve. We urge local councils and landlords to work with us to ensure this expansion happens as quickly as possible.” 

The work to further connect Scotland has already begun with Falkirk and Ayrshire first on the list before expanding to an initial 70,000 premises in DunfermlineDalgety Bay, Inverkeithing, Rosyth, and Fife. Work is then due to move on to connecting 55,000 premises in Kilmarnock, Ayr, Prestwick, and Irvine. 

Fergus Ewing MSP, the Scottish Government‘s Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, has taken some credit for Virgin Media’s private investment: “I welcome the news that Virgin Media will be rolling out ultrafast broadband to over 300,000 premises in Scotland alongside launching the first Scottish Tech City in Glasgow." 

"The Scottish Government has put digital connectivity at the heart of its agenda, recognising that broadband is vital to the sustainability of our economy and communities. That is why we have made the commitment to ensure that 100% of premises across Scotland will have access to superfast broadband by 2021." 

"Commercial investment will play a huge part in delivering that commitment and I am delighted to welcome the substantial investment that Virgin Media are making in Scotland.” 

Meanwhile, Project Lightning will thunder on around the rest of the United Kingdom. A roll-out in Cambridgeshire  set to reach 19,000 more premises in areas such as Wimblington, March, Doddington and Chatteris  is due to be completed by spring 2017. 

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