The milestone was marked by Minister for Communications, Denis Naughten TD at a presentation in Arklow, Co. Wicklow.
“Broadband is an essential service for our society and economic growth and Virgin Media has been at the forefront of fibre broadband investments in Ireland,” said Naughten. “This investment is helping us to address our European digital agenda targets, stimulate healthy competition in the sector while benefiting families, customers and businesses in towns and cities throughout the country.”
Over the past two years Virgin’s Project Lightning has helped increase the cablenet’s footprint by 100,000 new homes and businesses. It’s expected to reach 1 million homes within the next two years.
“The multi-million euro investment we have made in Arklow and Wicklow town brings Ireland’s fastest broadband network to these two vibrant and growing towns,”said Tony Hanway, CEO, Virgin Media. “Households connecting to Virgin Media will benefit from Ireland’s fastest broadband and in-home Wi-Fi, with speeds reaching 360Mbps.”
The specific build in Arklow and Wicklow has involved a €10 million local investment in Virgin Media’s high capacity network in the towns including the laying of some 75 kilometres of fibre and the establishment of free public Wi-Fi services in each town.