THOUSANDS of homes are set to benefit from ultrafast broadband as part of a new programme.

About 2,000 properties in Shildon, are set to receive a broadband boost thanks to Virgin Media’s rollout of its ultrafast broadband network.

As part of its ‘Project Lightning’ network expansion programme, Virgin Media is rolling out the network across the UK, bringing average top speeds of 516Mbps to residents and small businesses.

The company hopes to help transform the quality of broadband in the area where the average median download speed is 26.2Mbps.

Shildon will benefit from fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology which will allow for smooth, connectivity in the home with a 516Mbps speed making files, films and games quick to stream, download and upload.