Northern Ireland had the second-lowest availability of cable broadband services in May 2012
Ofcom estimates, based on data provided by Virgin Media, show that 44% of UK homes were passed by Virgin Media’s cable broadband network in May 2012. However, this figure will be under-stated as it excludes homes where Virgin Media is not also able to provide fixed voice and pay-TV services (Figure 5.2). 
As with the roll-out of LLU broadband services, the original cable franchisees concentrated network deployment in urban areas in order to maximise the number of premises covered by their networks (and therefore their potential customer bases). This is reflected below; household coverage in urban areas was 51%, compared to 18% in rural areas. Northern Ireland had the second-lowest proportion of homes passed by Virgin Media’s cable broadband network in May 2012, at 29%, while among the other UK nations availability ranged from 23% in Wales to 47% in England.
All of Virgin Media’s cable network is able to provide broadband speeds of ‘up to’ 100Mbit/s and in January 2012 Virgin announced that it was doubling the speeds of most of its broadband connections in the 18 months from February 2012, thereby increasing the speed of its fastest package to ‘up to’ 120Mbit/s. 
 While the most recent data available to Ofcom show that 44% of UK homes were able to receive triple-play cable services from Virgin Media in May 2012, data from 2010 show that in total 48% of UK homes were able to receive Virgin Media cable broadband in June of that year.