A Virgin Media Business expansion is to connect thousands of companies in business parks to its ‘Project Lightning’ network.

The £3 billion expansion comes after Virgin Media Business claimed many sites hosting companies do not feature superfast broadband.

The first sites to benefit are the Portway and Walworth business parks in Andover in Hampshire, with 9,000 firms potentially set to experience the upgrade in the next six months.

Speeds of at least 300Mbps are planned.

“Too many business parks and office blocks are stuck in the analogue age and business tenants are suffering as a result,” said Mike Smith, director of Virgin Media Business.

“With our ultrafast network we can make a big impact to thousands of businesses across the country.

“Thanks to the support and cooperation of Test Valley Borough Council, the Portway and Walworth business parks will soon rival anywhere in the UK when it comes to digital capacity.

“Existing tenants will be able to do more with digital and new types of business will be attracted to the area.”

‘Project Lightning’ could expand Virgin’s base from 12.9 million premises to 17m by 2019.

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