Virgin Media Launch Gig1 in Southampton
Virgin Media launches the UK’s fastest home broadband service across Southampton.
21:02 22 October 2019
Virgin Media has confirmed that its Gig1 service, the UK’s fastest home broadband service, is now available to around 100,000 homes in Southampton. The service provides the connectivity needed for future applications such as virtual reality, cloud gaming and 8K streaming.
The company said that it plans to bring gigabit speeds to nearly 15 million homes covering the entire Virgin Media network by the end of 2021.
Jeff Dodds, Chief Operating Officer at Virgin Media, said: “By launching our hyperfast Gig1 services in Southampton today, we’re marking the start of next-generation gigabit connectivity across our entire network at a speed and scale unmatched by anyone else. This service is more than 20 times faster than the UK’s average broadband speed, meaning that households can do everything they want to do online, at the same time, without delay and are well set for whatever comes next. The Government has called for nationwide gigabit connectivity and we’re helping them leap forward to reach this ambition.”
Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said: "I am pleased Virgin shares our ambition to boost the UK's connectivity by investing in the fastest and most reliable broadband speeds. This will mean people can really take advantage of the digital revolution.
"It is fantastic Southampton will benefit from Virgin's investment and progress is being made to get gigabit-capable connectivity right across the UK.
"We are also investing heavily to make sure the whole country can capitalise on next generation broadband and are committed to creating the right opportunities for industry to push ahead with nationwide rollout."