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In the latest development of its growing ultra-fast network across the UK, cable provider Virgin Media has extended its  gigabit broadband services to almost a million homes in Glasgow, Leeds and Bradford.
VirginMedia network 25March2020
Following the addition by Virgin of the neighbouring cities in West Yorkshire and Scotland’s largest urban centre, and their surrounding areas, parent company Liberty Global now has a total of more than 12 million homes across Europe now gigabit ready. This rises to 13.2 million homes with the inclusion of the gigabit footprint of VodafoneZiggo, its Joint Venture in the Netherlands. Elsewhere amongst Liberty Global’s operating companies, Telenet and UPC Switzerland connected customers throughout their entire networks last year, while UPC Poland has so far connected more than 60 cities to its gigabit service.

Liberty believes that gigabit speeds revolutionise the digital experience by making the next generation of home entertainment technology a reality. It Applications of gigabit speeds include cloud-based gaming, 8K streaming, remote health tele-monitoring and advanced telepresence, which could enable consumers to go ‘virtual reality shopping’ or watch live broadcasts of holographic sports events. It adds that with a gigabit connection, ultra-high definition 4K films and TV programmes, very large files and videos can be downloaded almost instantaneously, even with multiple devices using a connection at the same time.

The new UK deployment means that Virgin Media’s gigabit network now covers a quarter of the cable provider’s premises and Liberty claims that Virgin Media now boasts the largest gigabit network in the UK.

The speed increases in Glasgow, Leeds and Bradford are part of Virgin Media’s plan to bring gigabit speeds to more than 15 million homes across its entire network by the end of 2021, significantly ahead of the UK government’s target of delivering gigabit-capable broadband nationwide by 2025. “Within the past 10 years we have gone from offering speeds of 100Mbps to making gigabit ready connections available to more than 12 million homes across our European footprint,” commented Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries. “We’re continuing to invest in the fastest broadband network in the UK and our recently announced merger with O2 creates an even more exciting opportunity to accelerate growth in the future.”