Virgin Media O2 reports that more than 90 per cent of homes across its network are now able to access gigabit broadband, offering download speeds of up to 1,130Mbps.
Lincoln, Bath, Lancaster, Fife, Huddersfield, Ipswich, Slough and Salisbury are the latest additions to its hyperfast network, making Virgin Media the UK’s largest gigabit provider in the UK. By the end of this year the company says it will deliver gigabit broadband speeds across its entire network of 15.5 million homes.
Lutz Schüler, Chief Executive Officer at Virgin Media O2, said: “We’re making great strides ahead in upgrading the UK and are within touching distance of bringing the benefits of future-proof gigabit broadband to everyone on our network. With our gigabit rollout progressing at an unmatched pace, we’re building the next-generation broadband network that’s ready for the technology of tomorrow.”
As part of its mission to upgrade the UK, the company has committed to invest at least £10bn over the next 5 years in the UK and is reportedly exploring options to go further and faster by deploying fibre to millions of additional homes across the country.
Virgin Media O2 has recently announced its intention to upgrade its fixed network to full fibre to the premises (FTTP) with completion in 2028. This technology is capable of delivering symmetrical 10Gbps download and upload speeds.
Customers taking Gig1 require Virgin Media’s gigabit capable router, the Hub 4. The router features Intelligent WiFi firmware to provide fast, reliable connectivity throughout customers’ homes.
The Hub 4 boasts more antennae than its predecessor, the Hub 3, meaning it can manage multiple devices at the same time around the home which can all share the hyperfast speeds.