For the first time, all 15.5 million homes connected to the Virgin Media O2 network can access gigabit speeds.
Virgin Media O2 completed the rollout after upgrading the final 1.1 million homes. The programme has been carried out four years ahead of schedule. The Gig1 broadband service offers average download speeds of 1,130Mbps – 22 times faster than the national average.
Lutz Schüler, Chief Executive Officer at Virgin Media O2, said: “Just two years ago we set out to spearhead the UK’s gigabit revolution and today we’ve delivered. Our investment to bring gigabit broadband to every home on our network has catapulted the UK’s digital infrastructure forward by a decade and forced others to up their game.
Virgin Media O2 has committed to invest at least £10bn over the next 5 years in the UK. It’s already one of the largest network builders in the country as it expands its footprint through Project Lighting which has seen more than 2.6 million additional premises built so far since works began.
Earlier this year Virgin Media O2 announced its intention to upgrade its fixed network to full-fibre to the premises (FTTP) with completion in 2028. This technology is capable of delivering symmetrical 10Gbps download and upload speeds.
Already a number of trials have taken place to deliver speeds of 2.2Gbps using the existing network and technology.