Virgin Media adds 1.5m homes to UK network

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UK operator Virgin Media O2 has added 1.5 million homes to its gigabit network, meaning that more than half of its footprint can now access hyperfast broadband speeds.

As part of the gigabit switch-on, Virgin Media O2 has upgraded its network in locations across the UK, with residents in towns and cities such as Bournemouth, Bristol, Northampton, Sunderland, Wolverhampton, Wigan and York now able to benefit from next-generation connectivity.

More than 8 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 network of more than 15 million homes.

Lutz Schüler, CEO 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.’

Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman, said: ‘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.’

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