1 Dec 2016
Policy area: Residential Investment/Management
Virgin Media and the Scottish Property Federation (SPF) have today announced a partnership to increase the delivery of ultrafast broadband services to new homes and businesses across Scotland.
This will enable members to build homes and commercial properties with the fastest widely-available broadband speeds and interactive TV with more than 230 channels. It follows a similar partnership between Virgin Media and the Home Builders Federation to increase delivery of ultrafast broadband services to new homes.
Virgin Media announced earlier this month that Scotland will benefit from the first large scale rollout of ultrafast fibre broadband connected directly to homes and businesses, known as FTTP. In what will be a major boost to the economy, Virgin Media is committing to connect at least two thirds of the 360,000 additional homes and businesses being added to its ultrafast broadband network in Scotland.
This announcement comes on the back of concern about the quality of broadband in new build homes. A recent investigation by broadband advice site Cable.co.uk revealed that thousands of homebuyers in new developments are finding that broadband provision is either slow or non-existent.
Virgin Media will also offer exclusive discounts for new build homeowners moving into properties under the scheme.
David Melhuish, Director at Scottish Property Federation, said: “We are pleased to be working with Virgin Media to help house builders deliver ultrafast broadband services to homes across Scotland. House buyers, as well as businesses, expect the best services and there is concern about the quality of broadband in new homes. Our new partnership will help SPF members create communities that are equipped for the 21st century.”
Steve Carlin, Regional Director, Scotland at Virgin Media, said: “By partnering with Virgin Media, developers in Scotland can build 21st century homes, equipped with the most modern broadband infrastructure delivering the fastest speeds. With our network growing at a faster pace than ever, the more demand we get from developers, the more we can do to support them.”
Virgin Media’s dedicated, ultrafast network delivers the fastest widely available broadband speeds to homes and businesses in the UK. The network is being expanded as part of Virgin Media’s privately funded £3bn Project Lightning investment, with an additional 4 million more premises, 50% of which will be connected by FTTP. By the end of 2019, Virgin Media will cover 17 million homes and businesses.
To help homebuilders, Virgin Media has launched a dedicated new portal including essential technical guidance and a simple new site request form, with Virgin Media carrying out all initial new site assessments free of charge.
Virgin Media: Ben Lyons, 0333 000 2900, firstname.lastname@example.org , @virginmediacorp
SPF: Melissa Clark, 0131 554 1230, email@example.com