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Virgin Media clocks up 2.2Gbps broadband speeds in innovation trials

Saf Malik
April 20, 2021

Trials in Southampton and Manchester delivered speeds 40 times faster local average

Virgin Media has clocked up broadband speeds of 2.2Gbps in its innovation trials in Southampton and Manchester.

The multi-gigabit speeds are around 40 times faster than the local average broadband speeds and have been delivered via Virgin Media’s existing broadband technology known as DOCSIS 3.1.

The operator carried out the trials to showcase the speeds that can be delivered with the same network that is used by customers across the country without the need for additional infrastructure.

By the end of 2021, Virgin Media says that its entire network, passing more than 15 million premises, will have gigabit speeds switched on.

Virgin Media’s chief technology information officer Jeanie York said: “We invest more than £1 billion into our network every year to deliver leading connectivity today, but our talented teams never stop pushing forward to ensure we’re ready to power our customers’ connectivity needs for whatever comes next.

“Our services are being relied on and used more than ever before, and these innovative trials in Manchester and Southampton demonstrate how Virgin Media’s existing network is fit for the future with hyperfast, multi-gigabit broadband speeds delivered straight to customer homes.”

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