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Our story so far

May 2014 – A partnership between Virgin Media Business and LondonPSN enables a ground-breaking alternative to satellite trucks by enabling the BBC to transmit footage over the internet rather than via satellite.  

May 2014 – London becomes the first region in the UK to connect all its local authorities and services to the Public Services Network (PSN), an initiative co-ordinated by London Grid Ltd and powered by Virgin Media Business.

April 2014 – Generation Tech, the UK's first state-of-the-nation review of the vital role that technology plays in education, is launched by Virgin Media Business. Children in 20,000 schools across the country are invited by Richard Branson to share how technology is supporting their learning and helping to shape futures.

March 2014 – Powered by Virgin Media Business, TRUSTnet is launched across the UK by London Grid For Learning. An initiative that has already saved London schools an estimated £100 million in three years, TRUSTnet enables 23,500 schools nationwide to access the latest technology without complex and costly procurement procedures.

August 2013 – Peter Kelly announced as new Managing Director of Virgin Media Business.

July 2013 – Birmingham City Council and Virgin Media Business announce free public WiFi across key parts of the city centre using leading edge 3G and 4G small cell technology.

June 2013 – Virgin Media becomes part of Liberty Global plc, the world’s largest broadband communications group. Together, Virgin Media and Liberty Global serve 25 million customers across 14 countries, helping connect people to the digital world and enabling them to discover and experience its endless possibilities.

May 2013 – a five year contract is announced for Virgin Media Business to provide Sky with backhaul network capacity. This £49 million contract will give around a third of Sky’s unbundled local exchanges speeds of up to 10Gbit/s using our High Capacity Services.

November 2012 – we won the contract for the UK’s first city-wide wireless network outside of London. So residents in Leeds and Bradford will soon be able to access free public WiFi wherever they go in the two cities.

September 2012 – looking ahead to the future, we launched Generation IP, a huge research project that looked at the potential for a hyper-connected Britain in 2025. Think printing your own medication on a 3D printer, a world with no workplace and a personal avatar keeping you in check.

July 2012 – we provided business-class broadband into 99% of schools in Hampshire thanks to the Hampshire Public Services Network (HSPN2). It’s all part of a £90 million development project which is providing a shared service for public sector organisations across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

June 2012 – in another step forward for our work within the public sector, we were awarded a place in four lots of the Public Services Network Framework.

February 2012 – we were given the green light to provide cloud computing to the public sector with accreditation under the G-Cloud framework initiative. It means we can now provide Infrastructure-as-a-Service to public sector organisations moving into the cloud.

September 2011 – with our jargon-free advice, easy-to-use technology and straightforward support we shake up cloud computing with the launch of cloud products and services. Starting with a Virtual Private Data Centre (VPDC), we provide a way for businesses to quickly and easily move into cloud computing. 

May 2011 – we partner with data centre provider ICM to launch our colocation service. It gives businesses in the UK the chance to connect to 11 data centres the length and breadth of the country, taking their first steps towards a fully virtualised IT infrastructure.

February 2011 – we launch our data centre module offering carrier-grade connectivity to data centres across the UK. It gives data centres the chance to connect up to 8,000 customers at speeds of up to 10Gbit/s.

September 2010 – we launch our first unconstrained internet access service, Big Red Internet. It unshackles businesses from network constraints, helping them to grow without the hassle of upgrading their capacity.

February 2010 – Virgin Media Business is launched as the clear alternative to BT. Formerly known as ntl:Telewest Business, the aim was simple – to deliver the basics of business, customer service and value for money, brilliantly.