Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media has successfully completed a broadband innovation trial in which it achieved multi-gigabit speeds.
In the trial, Virgin Media achieved speeds of 2,200Mbps in Manchester and Southampton—around 40 times faster than average local connections.
Jeanie York, Virgin Media’s Chief Technology and Information Officer, said:
“We invest more than £1 billion into our network every year to deliver leading connectivity today, but our talented teams never stop pushing forward to ensure we’re ready to power our customers’ connectivity needs for whatever comes next.
Our services are being relied on and used more than ever before, and these innovative trials in Manchester and Southampton demonstrate how Virgin Media’s existing network is fit for the future with hyperfast, multi-gigabit broadband speeds delivered straight to customer homes.”
Virgin Media uses DOCSIS technology across its network. The latest trial used the company’s existing cable network with DOCSIS 3.1 technology.
Multi-gigabit speeds will help to futureproof against emerging demands such as real-time AR/VR and streaming of boxsets and video games in 8K and upwards.
The hyperfast speeds of Virgin Media’s latest trial were verified using tools from British telecoms regulator Ofcom’s technical partner, SamKnows.
Virgin Media already offers a gigabit broadband service known as Gig1, which launched in late 2019 and delivers average speeds of 1,130Mbps. The latest trial used the same Hub 4 router which comes as standard with Gig1.
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