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Virgin's fibre network expansion is 'huge vote of confidence' in Wrexham

Monday, June 13th 2016 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Virgin Media is to extend its fibre optic network to 24,000 homes and businesses in and around Wrexham by the end of next year.

The expansion forms part of the company’s £3bn Project Lightning programme, which is taking Virgin’s fibre network to 4m more premises by 2019.

Premises in Wrexham will be connected using fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology, allowing consumers to access broadband speeds up to 200Mbps.

Businesses and home workers will be able to access speeds up to 300Mbps.

When work gets underway in Wrexham later this year, it will be the first time Virgin has expanded its network in Wales under Project Lightning.

The Acton Park area will be the first to benefit, with services extending to Wrexham Industrial Estate and Wrexham Technology Park.

Wrexham town centre and the villages of Llay, Rossett, Coedpoeth and Gwersyllt will also benefit from the rollout.

Wrexham MP Ian Lucas said: “I am absolutely delighted at Virgin Media’s announcement of their investment in an entirely new broadband network in Wrexham.

“It is a huge vote of confidence in Wrexham and its future. This is a private sector investment of enormous significance.

'Potential'

“It will further increase Wrexham’s appeal as a location for business and is a massive boost for jobs and growth. Both businesses and individual consumers will benefit.”

Councillor Neil Rogers, lead member for economic development and regeneration at Wrexham County Borough Council said: “We are absolutely delighted at this announcement and we are very keen to support Virgin Media’s investment which will support business growth and digital participation in Wrexham.

“I understand this is the first investment of this type in Wales which demonstrates the potential we have in Wrexham which has been recognised by Virgin Media.”

Michelle Beech, regional director for Wales at Virgin Media, said: “Residents in Wrexham will soon be getting the ultrafast broadband and top-notch TV they deserve.

“Investing and delivering better connectivity to communities such as Wrexham shows that ultrafast broadband isn’t just for the big cities – we urge more communities to come together and register their interest. You could be next.”

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