UK cableco Virgin Media has announced the acquisition of Smallworld Fibre for an undisclosed amount. Smallworld Fibre’s fibre-optic network currently passes approximately 40,000 premises in Irvine, Dreghorn, Troon and Kilmarnock as well as Carlisle, Lancaster and Morecambe. With the smaller operator already providing cable TV and fixed voice services, in addition to broadband access at speeds of up to 100Mbps, Virgin Media has said that it will connect Smallworld Fibre’s infrastructure to its own, following which the former’s range of products will be offered to those within the network footprint.
Commenting on the deal, Paul Buttery, Virgin Media’s chief customer, technology and networks officer, was cited as saying: ‘Smallworld will help us bring Virgin Media’s advanced services to thousands of homes, businesses and organisations for the very first time. Their great network is a perfect fit for us as we continue to invest and look for the right opportunities to grow. We’re excited about what the region has to offer and what we can offer the region.’