100,000 east London home to get Virgin Media broadband upgrade

By Rob Virtue on August 11, 2014 1:28 PM |

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The Isle of Dogs, Bethnal Green and Newham are to receive "significant expansion" in broadband capabilities following the announcement of a roll-out by Virgin Media.

The group has revealed the largest expansion of its network, which will see 100,000 homes in east London benefit.

Work is underway now on upgrading the initial areas.

Poplar, Stratford, Stepney, Bow and East Ham will follow in the installation of the 152Mb broadband technology.

All the homes will also be able to get Virgin Media's TiVo television service.

Tom Mockridge, Virgin Media Chief Executive Officer, said: "Extending our network into east London means 100,000 more homes will benefit from the UK's fastest most widely available broadband for the first time.

This is a significant investment for Virgin Media and our largest, single network expansion project to date.

"We are very proud to be supercharging east London, helping thousands of people make the most of the UK's exciting digital future."

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "London is earning a reputation for being the Tech capital of Europe and that is why we need to ensure every Londoner is able to access superfast broadband services.

"It has become a utility that every Londoner expects and this latest expansion is a further welcome step towards making that aim a reality.

"Improving the connectivity of this great city will be a key part of the Infrastructure Plan for London that my team will be consulting on over the remainder of this summer."

Virgin Media's network currently covers over half of all London homes.