Dublin Students Get Superfast Internet Access

Virgin Media Business teams up with GSA’s Uninest Student Residences to supply over 2,000 students with high-speed internet access



Dublin, 24th July 2017: Virgin Media Business has today announced the delivery of high-speed internet access to circa 2,000 students living with Uninest Student Residences accommodation in Dublin. As part of the deal, Virgin Media will supply each student accommodation residence with download and upload speeds of 1GB, smart Wi-Fi and a separate dedicated network for students and staff. There will also be a separate dedicated network for guests to use while they’re visiting family and friends.


Uninest’s newly built student accommodation will be providing circa 2,000 students with high-speed internet access across city centre residences including Uninest New Mill, Kavanagh Court and Broadstone Hall. As part of their student centred offering, Uninest will use Virgin Media’s super-fast Wi-Fi to provide students with smart door entry systems, online access to laundry services and gym facilities as well as providing access to Ireland’s fastest broadband network across five locations.


Paul Farrell, Vice President of Commercial at Virgin Media said: “Virgin Media is delighted to be providing high-speed internet access to some 2,000 students across Uninest’s five city centre student accommodation locations. With 1GB connectivity, smart distributed Wi-Fi, and separate dedicated networks for students, staff and guests in all five residences, students will have their internet needs matched whatever they may be.”


Joe Persechino, Commercial Operations Director, EMEA – New Markets & Product said: “Our developments across Dublin reflect GSA’s design and specification signatures which provide students with accommodation specifically tailored to their needs. These include generous communal spaces, bright and welcoming student entrances, high levels of natural light in all rooms, as well as using sector leading technologies.


“Students tell us that high-speed, reliable internet provision is one of their top priorities, which is why we’ve chosen Virgin Media as our partner to supply broadband and Wi-Fi to our first five residences across Dublin. The smart door entry systems which form part of the contract will also ensure the security of those living with us.”




Pictured L-R: Joe Persechino, Commercial Operations Director EMEA – New Markets & Product at GSA and Paul Farrell, Vice President of Commercial at Virgin Media announce the delivery of high-speed internet access to circa 2,000 students living in Uninest Student Residences accommodation in Dublin.


Further Information: Anna-Maria Barry | Head of Public Relations, Virgin Media | Email: annamaria.barry@virginmedia.ie | Mobile: (086) 227 2072


Uninest Student Residences Media Contacts:

Jenna Greig and James Harris, Lucre:

+44 (0)208 741 5900



GSA Group Media Contact:

Tabitha Aldrich-Smith, GSA Group:

+44 (0) 7971 919610



Notes to Editor

*Virgin Media were this year named Ireland’s fastest broadband network by consumers through the independent network assessment firm Ookla.


About Virgin Media

Virgin Media is known for challenging the status quo – taking on industry giants, championing people and simply delivering extraordinary products and services.

We help create a digital world that makes good things happen: for our customers and the communities in which we operate.   Our multi award-winning services: broadband, TV, mobile and home phone connect thousands of people across Ireland.  But we’re not finished, we’re extending our network reach so that more communities and enjoy the benefits of the fastest widely available broadband speeds from only one provider in Ireland.

Virgin Media acquired TV3 and UTV Ireland which now operates under the TV3 Group to become Ireland’s number one commercial broadcaster.  As Ireland’s number one commercial broadcaster, TV3 operates three free-to-air channels - TV3, 3e and Be3 and is a significant investor in home produced content – across news, current affairs and drama. 

Through Virgin Media Business, we support entrepreneurs, businesses and the public sector, delivering the fastest speeds and tailor-made services.

Virgin Media is part of Liberty Global, the world’s largest international cable company, with operations in more than 30 countries.

For further information please visit: www.virginmedia.ie

About GSA, owner of the Uninest Student Residences brand in Dublin:


GSA develops, manages and invests in best-in-class purpose-built student accommodation in locations proximate to world-class universities.  GSA’s portfolio of operational, in development and secured future assets totals 20,000 beds.  Operational student residences are managed under The Uninest Student Residences and The Student Housing Company brands. 


Headquartered in Dubai, GSA is the owner operator of student accommodation Australia, China, Dubai, Germany, Ireland, Japan, and the UK.


Nicholas Porter has been pioneering the purpose-built student accommodation sector for over 25 years.  He founded The UNITE Group plc in the UK in 1991 and grew the company to become a FTSE-250 listed company and the largest owner of student accommodation in the UK.  Alongside Nicholas Porter, the GSA management team has also played leading roles at predecessor companies that have defined the industry.


With several long-time colleagues, Porter went on to found GSA in 2007, building the new venture into the leading innovator and developer globally and creating the Urbanest brand in London and Australia, which was subsequently sold in 2014.  GSA also launched in Dublin and Tokyo (2014) and moved quickly into the UK, Dubai and China (2015) and more recently into Australia and Germany (2016). 


Over this timeframe, the sector has grown from its infancy to an asset class attracting tens of billions of dollars of investment from institutional capital sources attracted to the healthy supply-demand dynamics and the stable income characteristics of the Higher Education sector. GSA’s team has acquired an unrivalled expertise, a formidable track record and a reputation for innovation.  GSA combines industry-leading end-user research, long-standing partnerships with universities, a commitment to operational excellence, a passion for design, a focus on customer service, and an integrated approach to technology to create exceptional communities for students - making a real difference in their lives.


For further information please visit: www.gsa-gp.com