Download and upload speeds of 1.5Gbps and 150Mbps respectively being successfully provided to triallists in London
Virgin Media has claimed it is successfully delivering internet speeds up to 240 times faster than the national average to trialists on an area near Old Street in London known as ‘Silicon Roundabout’.
The 1.5Gbps download and 150Mbps upload trial uses the same infrastructure and technology as Virgin Media uses to provide residential customers with speeds of up to 100Mbps, which is currently being rolled out to over half of all UK homes.
Virgin Media is celebrating this announcement with an event at TechHub today, which is taking part in the trial and is a community and workspace for technology entrpreneurs on Silicon Roundabout. Other business taking part in the trial include online media outfit BespokeBanter.com and video production company soproductions.tv.
TechHub members will be showcasing their products, exploring how to make the most of technology with guests also given the chance to try out the superfast cable connection themselves.
The speeds are possible due to the private investment of £13 billion made by Virgin Media, meaning every cable home is connected to the fibre optic network by a high-grade coaxial line.
Virgin Media executive director of broadband Jon James (pictured) said: “As people are simultaneously connecting more gadgets to the internet and doing more online than ever before, we wanted to explore what our unique fibre optic network is capable of.
“At speeds of up to 1.5Gb, Virgin Media is delivering some of the fastest broadband in the world and, thanks to our ongoing investment, we’re able to anticipate and lead the way in meeting growing demand for bandwidth as future services and applications come online.”
Communications Minister Ed Vaisey said: “It is fantastic to see the fastest internet speeds in the world over cable being trialled here in the UK.
“This exciting development will help attract new companies and entrepreneurs to the area, bringing new jobs and growth to this part of the capital.
“Last year the Prime Minister set out our ambition for London’s East End to become a world-leading technology city to rival Silicon Valley. Developments like Virgin Media’s will help make this ambition a reality.”