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In a move that it says will make the company UK’s largest and fastest widely available residential connectivity provider, Virgin Media has announced plans to bring next-generation gigabit connections to its entire network by the end of 2021.
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The network upgrade, backed financially by Virgin parent Liberty Global, is part of a multi-billion pound investment that is taking place as the company has seen broadband usage increase by almost 40% in the last year. The upgrade is designed to provide nearly 15 million UK households with access to gigabit broadband speeds.

In February 2019, Virgin Media began trialling what it says is the UK’s fastest home broadband with a full fibre connection offering speeds of more than 8 Gbps to homes in Cambridgeshire. The trial made use of EPON (Ethernet Passive Optical Network) technology - a global point-to-point network standard.

Virgin Media will introduce its next-generation service in cities across its national network later in 2019 and will see more than a million people will be able to access broadband speeds of 1Gbps by the end of the year.

This says Virgin will allow customers to take advantage of emerging consumer technologies such as cloud gaming and virtual reality entertainment as well as 8K video streaming across the home. the service will be expanded across the UK throughout 2020. In addition, Virgin said that with its hyper-fast gigabit connection, Ultra HD 4K films and TV programmes, very large files and 360-degree videos can be downloaded almost instantaneously, even with multiple devices using the connection simultaneously.

The move was a “giant digital leap forward for the UK,” claimed Virgin Media chief executive officer Lutz Schüler. “Virgin Media has been the unparalleled speed leader for many years. Very soon, for the first time ever, millions of people right across the country will be able to experience hyper fast and reliable gigabit internet connections thanks to the latest technology and the power of our network. This upgrade plan will see gigabit speeds rolled out at an unrivalled pace right across the country, bringing our customers the future-proof connections of tomorrow.”