Virgin Media’s newest broadband improve will not please Sky and BT customers within the least
If you’re using BT, Sky, or TalkTalk to access the internet, you might be a little jealous of those who subscribe to Virgin Media. This is because the UK Internet Service Provider (ISP) has just announced that it has converted an additional 1.1 million homes to its fastest technology that allows them to access the Internet at speeds in excess of 1 Gbps . With this fast speed, you can download a Full HD movie to your TV in under 40 seconds or have a 50GB PS5 game ready to play in under 20 minutes.
Virgin brags that its entire national network can now access these ridiculous downloads – meaning 15.5 million households have the option to upgrade to this technology, which is about 22 times faster than the UK average.
Although other leading ISPs like BT, Sky, and TalkTalk offer similar broadband speeds, they don’t yet serve as many homes as Virgin does.
BT’s Openreach, for example, recently announced that only six million households are connected to its gigabit broadband.
This milestone consolidates its leadership position with a gigabit network more than twice the size of its closest competitor, according to Virgin Media.
Now, before you get too excited for those fast downloads, it’s worth noting that Virgin isn’t giving away this upgrade for free as those who want to use it will have to spend around £ 60 a month for the privilege.
That said, if you live in a busy house and are fed up with your internet stalling then it might be worth considering as Gig1 is not only much faster but it can handle more devices, all on at the same time access the internet. That means your kids can download the latest PS5 title and watch Netflix without affecting your morning Zoom call at the office.
Commenting on the update, Lutz Schüler, Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Media O2 said: “Just two years ago we set out to lead the gigabit revolution in Great Britain and today we did it. Our investment to bring gigabit broadband to every home on our network has propelled the UK’s digital infrastructure forward by a decade, forcing others to improve their game.
“As by far the largest gigabit provider in the country, we are the driving force behind widespread gigabit availability, four years ahead of the government’s goal.
“Having reached this important milestone in just two years, we are doubling our mission to enhance the UK by continuing to innovate and invest in our network to support tomorrow’s technologies – there are no delays at Virgin Media O2.”