• Gigabit broadband with average top speeds of 1,130Mbps now available in Ash Green, Warwickshire
  • Residents can now sign up to Virgin Media’s Gig1 service which provides broadband speeds 16 times faster than the local average, making it possible to download Ultra-HD TV shows and computer games in minutes
  • Virgin Media O2’s engineers have worked throughout the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure customers have access to vital connectivity when they need it most

Virgin Media O2 has connected more than 5,000 homes in Ash Green, Warwickshire to gigabit broadband.

As part of its ‘Project Lightning’ network expansion programme, Virgin Media O2 is expanding its broadband network to bring ultrafast speeds to more residents and small businesses.

Ash Green is the latest location now able to access Virgin Media’s gigabit broadband. The company’s Gig1 service offers average top speeds of 1,130Mbps, perfect for busy households working remotely, streaming TV shows and films, video calling friends and family and playing games online.

Virgin Media O2 is leading Britain’s gigabit charge and boasts the largest gigabit network in the UK. It is committed to rolling out next-generation gigabit services to its entire network of more than 15 million premises by the end of 2021.

The company has committed to invest at least £10bn over the next 5 years in the UK and, building on the success of its existing fibre network expansion activity, is planning to go further and faster by deploying fibre to millions of additional homes across the country.

In July 2021, the company announced it will upgrade its entire fixed network to full fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology with completion in 2028, capable of delivering symmetrical 10Gbps download and upload speeds and beyond. This will take place alongside its expansion programme that is bringing greater choice and competition to many areas that need it most.

In addition to its ultrafast broadband network, Virgin Media O2 was voted the UK’s best mobile network for reliability and coverage**. Its mobile network covers 99% of the nation’s population with 4G, with the business continuing to upgrade its 4G and 5G services to boost mobile connectivity around the country.

Gigabit broadband boost for Ash Green residents – now 16 times faster than the local average

Virgin Media’s Gig1 service is 16 times faster than the local average*. Residents in Ash Green will benefit from fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology which allows for smooth, reliable connectivity in the home. With a 1,130Mbps connection, large files, films and games become very quick to stream and download:

  • Download every Bridgerton episode in UHD (56GB) in 7 minutes, compared to one hour 57 minutes on the average local connection; or
  • Download Call of Duty: Cold War (133GB) on PS5 in under 17 minutes, compared to over four hours and 38 minutes on the average local connection*** 

Julie Agnew, Director of Construction & Delivery at Virgin Media O2, said: “As the UK’s largest gigabit broadband provider, we’re bringing next generation speeds to people across the UK with Ash Green the latest location to benefit from our expansion.

“At a time when future-proof speeds and reliable connectivity has never been more important, we’re providing Ash Green residents with speeds 16 times faster than the local average, meaning videos can be downloaded in minutes, songs in seconds and photos instantly.”

Gig1 – faster speeds, a powerful router and competitive pricing 

Customers taking Gig1 will benefit from Virgin Media’s best ever equipped gigabit capable router – the Hub 4. The router is Virgin Media’s fastest to date and features improved Wi-Fi hardware to provide speedy and reliable connectivity throughout customers’ homes.

Gig1 broadband is available to new and existing customers and can be packaged with or without telephone, TV and mobile services. Prices start from just £62 per month on an 18-month contract with a guaranteed price freeze for at least 24 months.

New customers can also combine broadband, TV, home phone and mobile into one bundle, which offer outstanding value for customers.

With the Ultimate Oomph bundle, customers can enjoy the ultimate entertainment and connectivity experience at home or on the move with bundled TV, broadband and mobile services.

This includes broadband with average top speeds of more than 600Mbps as well as a mobile SIM with truly unlimited data, texts and calls. Customers can boost their ultimate oomph package with Gig1 speeds.

Customers can also access Virgin Media’s new TV service, Virgin TV 360. The advanced TV line-up includes a new Mini box, new TV remote with voice control and smart new features which offer a fully integrated, voice activated and personalised service.

Offering the very best entertainment, Virgin TV 360 boasts all of the top TV channels and streaming apps such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and BBC iPlayer, all with 4k Ultra-High Definition and HDR viewing capabilities.

Ultimate Oomph also comes complete with more than 230 channels including Sky Sports, Sky Entertainment and Sky Cinema, as well as inclusive anytime landline calls.

And with Virgin Media’s ultrafast broadband, multiple users in the home can stream and watch their favourite shows and content all at the same time in the highest resolution.

For those interested in Virgin Media’s fantastic services, they can go online now to check out our latest deals > http://www.virginmedia.com/

Journalists can contact the Virgin Media O2 press office on:
press@virginmediao2.co.uk 01753 565656
Virgin Media
press enquiries
press enquiries