An Irish town is getting ultra-fast broadband and free public wifi

Virgin Media plans to extend its ultra-fast network to up to 5,000 properties by the end of the year
Virgin Media plans to extend its ultra-fast network to up to 5,000 properties by the end of the year

Virgin Media has announced that homes and businesses in Gorey will be next to benefit from an ultra-fast broadband and free public wifi.

As it kicks off its network expansion in Gorey, Virgin Media plans to extend its ultra-fast network to up to 5,000 properties by the end of the year. It will also introduce free public wifi to citizens in Gorey. 

Work has already begun in communities including Ramsgate Village, Gorey Hill, Woodbury, amongst others, a spokesperson said. In addition, the network is expected to connect 5,000 premises across these areas before the end of 2017, with fibre to the home delivering future-proofed connectivity.

Michael Darcy, Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Financial Services and Insurance, said: “I welcome Virgin Media’s announcement and investment in Gorey.   Broadband is vital for a more productive economy and boost the prospects for economic growth.

"The benefits of better broadband will be felt wider than businesses. It will also increase internet speeds for households and enable households with multiple devices and users to download and upload huge amounts of data. Installing free public wifi for citizens in Gorey is an innovative move and will also be welcomed by local businesses to attract more consumers into to our vibrant town and will benefit the local retail.”

Paul Farrell, Vice President of Commercial at Virgin Media, said: “Our message is simple, broadband matters.  If you want to get connected to Ireland’s fastest broadband network, join Virgin Media.

“By expanding our network to thousands more homes and businesses we are proving that there is no shortage of ambition and investment to get better broadband across Gorey and other parts of Wexford. We also offer terrific savings on home phone plans together with mobile phones with top brands and superfast 4G at no extra cost. 

"We have been overwhelmed by the response from other local communities throughout Ireland and we’re thrilled to have arrived in Gorey. Virgin Media customers are experiencing what real superfast broadband has to offer, which is important as the demand to connect, download and play continues to grow dramatically in Irish households.”

Diarmuid Devereux, CEO of Gorey Chamber, added:  “This is wonderful news for Gorey residents and businesses. This investment by Virgin Media is a massive, and welcome, boost to our communications infrastructure.

“We are in the midst of a remarkable transformation of Ireland’s digital landscape, and Virgin Media’s Network investment program will play an important role in ensuring our cities are fully equipped to meet the challenges of the digital age in which we live.”

Those who wish to take Virgin Media’s internet services will be connected to full fibre broadband with entry level download speeds of 100Mbps, reaching up to 360Mbps for residents and download speeds of 400Mbps for small businesses.

Backed by parent company Liberty Global, Virgin Media is investing £3bn to extend its fibre broadband network to an additional 4 million premises, to reach a total of 17 million homes and businesses.