Virgin Media has today announced the launch of its new Hub 5, powered by WiFi 6 technology, which will deliver even faster speeds to connected devices throughout the home.
The next-generation Hub works alongside Virgin Media’s ultrafast broadband network to deliver peak WiFi performance, thanks to WiFi 6.
This latest future-proof WiFi standard, which will work with Virgin Media’s existing DOCSIS 3.1 technology, is designed to power the next-generation of connected devices – including modern smartphones, laptops, tablets and next-gen games consoles.
With this latest technology and even more WiFi antennae than its predecessor, the Hub 5 will be able to support more devices, connecting at the same time, while expanding coverage and stability which improves WiFi performance.
It means the new Hub 5 boasts increased WiFi speeds, lower latency and can help reduce interference from neighbouring hubs and devices.
The Hub 5 has been designed to support multi-gigabit speeds and comes with a 2.5Gbps ethernet port alongside three additional 1Gbps ports.
Virgin Media O2 is already the UK’s largest gigabit provider and by the end of this year the company will deliver gigabit broadband speeds across its entire network of 15.5 million homes.
It has recently demonstrated the power and capability of its fibre-rich network by successfully delivering next-generation 2,200Mbps broadband speeds to homes in Edinburgh and Birmingham in real-world trials.
Virgin Media O2 is committed to reducing its environmental impact with a goal of achieving net-zero carbon operations by the end of 2025. The Hub 5 is made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic and WiFi 6 technology helps boost network efficiency and connected devices’ battery life.
Since 2014, Virgin Media has taken back 13 million pieces of equipment with eight million refurbished and reused with the remainder being recycled. Launched in 2009, to date O2 Recycle has paid out more than £250 million and recycled more than 3.3 million devices – hundreds of tonnes of e-waste – with zero going to landfill.
Jeff Dodds, Chief Operating Officer at Virgin Media O2, said:
“At Virgin Media O2 we don’t stand still and are constantly working to give our customers the latest and most innovative technology to suit their digital needs now and in the future.
“We are excited to give our existing customers first access to the Hub 5, powered by WiFi 6 technology, which will provide even faster WiFi speeds and help unleash the full potential of new devices from next-gen games consoles to the newest smartphones in their homes.”
As part of a phased roll-out, Virgin Media will offer the Hub 5 to existing customers first at no extra cost. Eligible customers will be contacted and given the option of upgrading ahead of a wider launch in 2022.