About 4m homes in the UK and Ireland will be brought into a new age with speeds of more than 1Gbps.

Project Lightning will bring even more premises in the UK and Ireland into the 1Gbps world.

“Project Lightning is up and running in Ireland right now and, I would say, with great gusto,” said Tony Hanway, CEO of Virgin Media Ireland, to Siliconrepublic.com during the company’s recent Digital Evolution event in Belfast.

Project Lightning is worth £3bn, which Virgin Media said is the single biggest private investment in digital infrastructure in the UK and Ireland for more than a decade.

It aims to deliver ultrafast speeds from 300Mpbs to 1Gbps and beyond.

Words by John Kennedy