Cleckheaton to get ultrafast broadband boost


Virgin Media announces up to 10,000 homes and businesses in Cleckheaton will be next to benefit from an ultrafast broadband and entertainment boost.

As part of its ‘Project Lightning’ network expansion programme, Virgin Media plans to extend its ultrafast broadband network in Cleckheaton, Kirklees, bringing speeds of up to 350Mbps for residents and small businesses. This will help transform the quality of broadband in the area where the average download speed is currently just 21.9Mbps.

Work is underway already with completion expected by the end of 2019.

With a 350Mbps connection, files, films and games become unbelievably quick to stream, download and upload:

  • Download a standard HD movie file (5GB) in just over two minutes, compared to more than 30 minutes on the average local connection;
  • Download a 25GB console game in just over 10 minutes, compared to more than two hours and 40 minutes on the average local connection.

Hugh Woolford, Regional Director at Virgin Media, said: “Families and small businesses across Cleckheaton will soon be benefiting from our brilliant ultrafast broadband service. Giving them greater speeds will enable them to do the things they need to do and love doing more quickly and more easily.”

Virgin Media’s gigabit-ready lines will mean residents can also sign up to Virgin TV and benefit from the latest entertainment on its new smallest, smartest, fastest, 4k-ready V6 set-top box.  This is on top of great programming with up to 260 TV channels (including up to 50 HD channels) and all the football from Sky Sports and BT Sports. Virgin Media also offers Sky Movies and Netflix, as well as an extensive on demand library of TV box sets and movies; giving customers seamless access to the TV they want, all in one place.

Residents can also benefit from Virgin Mobile’s fast 4G connectivity, which for pay monthly customers includes data free Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger and Twitter, as well as the ability to rollover unused data each month and have truly unlimited data packages.

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