Virgin Media Business: Virgin Media O2 to use starlink satellites for network connectivity in rural areas

Apr 15, 2024 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

Virgin Media O2 said in anew announcement that it will use Starlink satellites to provide network connectivity in remote rural areas of the UK to accelerate its Shared Rural Network (SRN) rollout. The company has already deployed its Starlink mobile backhaul to some of its most remote sites in the Scottish Highlands.

Starlink's technology will help carry phone calls, SMS, and data to mobile masts where fiber cables, which are usually required for mobile networks to run, are too challenging to install.

“We’re leaving no stone unturned when it comes to improving rural connectivity and are continuously looking for new ways to boost signal in remote areas," said Jeanie York, chief technology officer at Virgin Media O2.

"Our commitment to delivering on our part of the Shared Rural Network program has seen us turn first to helicopters and now to satellites to connect some of the most difficult and remote parts of the country. By constantly finding new ways to deliver for our customers, we are bringing reliable mobile coverage to rural communities faster and helping to close the UK’s digital divide.”