READING, UK – Virgin Media has switched on gigabit home broadband in a further two cities as part of its plan to bring gigabit speeds to more than 15 million homes across its entire network by the end of 2021.
Edinburgh and Liverpool are the latest cities to benefit from the hyperfast service, and follow the launch of Gig1 in Birmingham and Coventry earlier in the year.
Today's launch makes gigabit broadband – offering blisteringly fast average download speeds of 1,104Mbps – available to a further 600,000+ homes and means that 2.7 million properties across Virgin Media's network can now access this future-proof connectivity.
Thanks to Virgin Media investment, nearly 20 per cent of its network is now gigabit enabled. Recent analysis by thinkbroadband suggests that of the top 20 local authorities for gigabit coverage in the country, 17 are served by Virgin Media's Gig1. The Government has set a target for all UK premises to have access to gigabit speeds by 2025.
Virgin Media will announce which further cities are set to benefit from its Gig1 service later in the year as the operator continues its national gigabit rollout plan. Recent investment means that residents in Southampton, Manchester, Reading, Birmingham, Coventry, and now Edinburgh and Liverpool, are able to access these next-generation broadband services.
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