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Virgin Media O2 announces investment to upgrade connectivity across Yorkshire

Megan Robinson
December 13, 2022

The company continues to invest billions of pounds in upgrading UK connectivity, which has created jobs and numerous partnerships to support local digital programmes

Virgin Media O2 has announced a range of network upgrades, investment and digital inclusion activities across Yorkshire.

The company has provided 5G coverage reaching over 50 per cent of the Yorkshire population across 100 locations, including Leeds, York, Sheffield and Wakefield.

As well as this, over 61,000 postcodes across Yorkshire have had their 4G network upgraded, after recent research from Virgin Media O2 showed that 85pc of Northerners believe access to the internet is essential to their lives.

Over £188 million has been spent across Yorkshire in recent years, and through the company’s Project Lightning programme, ultrafast broadband has been made available to over 324,000 additional homes and businesses. 

The investment has also seen over 900 jobs created or secured and additional contracts with local firms to help build the required infrastructure.

Jeanie York, Chief Technology Officer at Virgin Media O2 said: “Virgin Media O2 is committed to bringing the best experience and seamless connectivity to all its customers around the UK. Through our investment, employment, collaboration with local authorities and continued support in local communities, we’re proud to be connecting residents and businesses across Yorkshire and playing our part in helping it continue to be the fastest growing digital industry in the UK.”

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