UK-based Virgin Media has outlined plans for what it termed a ‘bold boost to UK broadband’, announcing that it aims to bring next-generation gigabit connections to its entire network by the end of 2021. Under the plan, the telco aims to introduce gigabit speeds in cities across its national network later this year, starting with Southampton, where the first customers trialling these speeds have already been connected. According to the operator, the scale of its plan and rapid expansion programme will mean that more than a million people will be able to access broadband speeds of 1Gbps by the end of 2019 by dint of its deployment of DOCSIS 3.1 technology.
Lutz Schuler, Virgin Media’s chief executive, said of the plans: ‘Virgin Media has been the unparalleled speed leader for many years. Very soon, for the first time ever, millions of people right across the country will be able to experience hyper-fast and reliable gigabit internet connections thanks to the latest technology and the power of our network … This upgrade plan will see gigabit speeds rolled out at an unrivalled pace right across the country, bringing our customers the future-proof connections of tomorrow.’