Virgin Media O2 has today added thousands of homes in Blackpool to its gigabit network, connecting areas in and around the town to broadband 19 times faster than the local average.
Virgin Media’s next-generation Gig1 broadband service, with average download speeds of 1,130Mbps, is the fastest available from any of the major broadband providers in the UK.
As well as preparing homes for the technologies and applications of tomorrow, gigabit speeds enable consumers to do more online – from working, streaming, socialising and gaming – all at the same time on multiple devices under the same roof.
As part of today’s gigabit switch-on, Virgin Media O2 has upgraded thousands of homes in the town centre, Mereside, Queenstown and South Shore areas, as well as Bispham and Thornton Cleveleys to gigabit speeds.
More than 10 million homes in all four UK nations are now able to access Virgin Media’s Gig1 service, making the operator the largest gigabit broadband provider in the UK.
By the end of 2021, Virgin Media O2 will deliver gigabit broadband speeds across its entire network of more than 15 million homes.
Lutz Schüler, Chief Executive Officer at Virgin Media O2, said: “We’re rapidly expanding our gigabit broadband network and more than 10 million homes across the UK can now access these next-generation speeds.
“As the UK’s largest gigabit provider today, committed to connecting our entire network to these speeds by the end of the year, our investment is helping the UK meet its broadband targets and providing consumers with connectivity fit for the future.”
Scott Benton, Member of Parliament for Blackpool South, said: “As people’s working practices change following the Covid pandemic, it is more important than ever that households can enjoy fast, reliable broadband connections. This investment from Virgin Media O2 will significantly upgrade the speed and reliablilty that many households in areas such as Blackpool Town Centre, Mereside and South Shore can enjoy. This rollout will come as a boost to many across Blackpool and supports the Government’s aim of upgrading broadband across all parts of our nation.”
Virgin Media O2 upgrading the UK to gigabit speeds
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, building on the success of its existing fibre network expansion activity, is actively exploring options to go further and faster by deploying fibre to millions of additional homes across the country.
This investment includes activating gigabit speeds in locations across the UK between now and the end of the year.
This increased access is also contributing to the Government’s target for at least 85% of UK premises to have access to gigabit speeds by 2025. Once Virgin Media O2 has completed its upgrade later this year, the company will have contributed almost two thirds of the Government’s minimum broadband ambition four years ahead of the target.
Virgin Media O2 has also 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 meaning Virgin Media O2 will build on its existing leadership position today and be well equipped for the decades ahead as the demand for speed and capacity continues to rise.
Gig1 – faster speeds, new router and competitive pricing
Customers taking Gig1 will benefit from Virgin Media’s gigabit capable router – the Hub 4. The router is Virgin Media’s fastest to date and features Intelligent WiFi firmware to provide speedy and 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.
Gig1 customers can also take their connectivity to the next level with an Intelligent WiFi pod – available at no extra cost – that help provide faster and more reliable speeds in hard-to-reach spots around the home.
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.
Customers can find out more and buy Gig1 at www.virginmedia.com/Gig1Fibre