Virgin Media O2 has announced its gigabit network now reaches more than 10 million UK homes.
The latest switch on has added 1.7 million homes across Blackpool, Cambridge, Leicester, Nottingham, Oxford and Swindon.
The Gig1 broadband service, with average download speeds of 1,130Mbps, is the fastest available from a major broadband provider in the UK, though there are a number of new entrants that are attempting to eat into the operator’s market share.
Lutz Schüler, Chief Executive Officer at Virgin Media O2, said: “As the UK’s largest gigabit provider today, committed to connecting our entire network to these speeds by the end of the year, our investment is helping the UK meet its broadband targets and providing consumers with connectivity fit for the future.”
By the end of 2021, Virgin Media O2 will deliver gigabit broadband speeds across its entire network of 15.5 million homes. Two thirds of Virgin’s network can currently receive Gig1.
Virgin Media O2 has committed to invest at least £10 billon over the next 5 years in the UK and, building on the success of its existing fibre network expansion activity, is actively exploring options to go further and faster by deploying fibre to millions of additional homes across the country.
In July, Virgin Media O2 announced it intends to deploy full fibre across its network by 2028 and not upgrade to the full DOCSIS 4 technology.