Over half of Virgin Media O2’s network can now access gigabit speeds

Over half of Virgin Media O2’s network can now access gigabit speeds
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Virgin Media O2 has today launched gigabit speeds for a further one-and-a-half million homes, meaning that over half of its network can now access connectivity to support even the most demanding applications.

As of today, Virgin Media O2 has upgraded its network in several locations across all four nations of the UK.

Lutz Schüler, Chief Executive Officer at Virgin Media O2, said:

“We are upgrading the UK to next-generation connectivity and today we’re hitting another important milestone with more than half of our network now able to access gigabit speeds.

As the UK’s largest gigabit broadband provider today, with a clear plan to connect our entire network to these speeds by the end of the year, we’ll be delivering most of the government’s broadband target ahead of schedule.

Our continued investment is propelling the country up gigabit league tables and providing consumers with the connectivity they need both now and in the future.”

Residents in parts of cities including Bournemouth, Bristol, Northampton, Sunderland, Wolverhampton, Wigan, and York can now sign-up for Virgin Media’s gigabit package and experience blistering speeds which can handle all the Zoom calls you can throw at it.

Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman commented:

“We’ve kicked off the biggest broadband build in British history thanks to £5 billion of government funding alongside significant investment from telecoms firms.

I welcome Virgin Media O2’s ambitious plans to speed up the delivery of lightning-fast gigabit connectivity to communities across the UK and give people what they need to keep pace with the digital revolution.”

Virgin Media O2 itself has committed to investing at least £10 billion over the next five years to upgrade the UK’s infrastructure. Last month, the operator committed to upgrading its entire UK broadband network to full-fibre by 2028.

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom recognised Virgin Media O2 in its latest Connected Nations report (PDF) as helping to achieve the 37 percent increase in homes that can access gigabit connectivity over last year.

Virgin Media O2’s Gig1 service delivers median download speeds of 1,130Mbps, which is 14 times faster than the national average. However, with prices starting at £62/month on an 18-month contract, it could drain your wallet even faster.

(Image Credit: Virgin Media O2)

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