National UK cable ISP Virgin Media has confirmed that their soon-to-be 500Mbps capable ultrafast broadband and TV network is about to be rolled out to cover 6,000 premises in Musselburgh, which is the largest coastal settlement within the East Lothian (Scotland) area and home to about 21,000 people.
Back in 2016 Virgin Media announced that their £3bn Project Lighting investment, which aims to cover an additional 3-4 million UK premises (roughly 60% coverage), would ultimately result in their DOCSIS based cable (hybrid fibre coax) and fibre optic (FTTP) network being extended to reach a further 360,000 premises across Scotland (here). The latest development forms part of that on-going effort.
The East Lothian Courier reports that work on the new roll-out will get underway from the middle of April next month and is expected to run until the very end of this year.
Eddie McGuigan, VM’s Community Liaison Officer, said:
“The idea is to give everyone the opportunity to get the cable. It’s a great thing for businesses and homes that use a lot of internet and wi-fi.
The downside to that is we are going to have to do some work on your pavements. We do about 100 metres a day, so wherever we are, we come and go quite quickly.”
Apparently the first homes and businesses to benefit will be in the Fisherrow Harbour end of Musselburgh, followed by Wallyford, then Tranent and Port Seton.