Thousands more Kirklees homes now able to access ultrafast broadband network

We have worked with Virgin Media O2 to connect 4,200 homes in Howden Clough and Birstall to its gigabit broadband network. This is part of our commitment to ensuring that Kirklees has the highest standards of connection and digital infrastructure.

What does this mean for internet users?

The new connection speed for the area is twenty times faster than the local average, with top speeds of 1,130Mbps.

This ultrafast speed supports the modern busy household. The internet may be used for remote working, streaming film and TV, video calls and online gaming.

We’re currently working with a number of partners to bring these connectivity benefits to more areas across the district. With the overall aim of making Kirklees a better place to live and work.

Councillor Graham Turner, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said:

“We’re passionate about bringing better connectivity across Kirklees, whether you live in a town centre or somewhere completely rural.

“The modern-day household requires so much of the internet, especially now that more and more people are working from home.  High speed internet connectivity also allows residents to stay connected with family and friends no matter where they are in the world, helping to prevent social isolation and loneliness.

“We need to cater to our residents’ growing and changing connectivity needs, and make sure Kirklees is a fantastic place to live and work.

“This latest project has brought reliable, superfast connectivity to thousands more households, and we’re proud of what we’ve achieved through our partnership working approach with Virgin Media O2.”

Rob Evans, Virgin Media O2’s Managing Director of Fixed Network Expansion, added:

 “We’re continuing to deliver at pace in 2022, with our latest build in Kirklees bringing our gigabit broadband network to thousands more homes across the county.

“With our next generation services and ultrafast speeds to match, we’re helping increase consumer choice for Howden Clough and Birstall residents at a time when it’s never mattered more.”

While the project in Howden Clough and Birstall focuses on residential areas, improved connections across Kirklees are also helping to make the area more attractive to investors and business owners.