British cable broadband provider Virgin Media has reportedly announced that Greater Manchester will be the second city to gain access to its gigabit-capable broadband service. According to ISPreview, Virgin expects around 500,000 premises will be able to sign up for its new top-tier downlink speeds, which it is introducing both via fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology, where it has rolled this out, but also via an upgrade to DOCSIS 3.1 technology in areas where it has HFC infrastructure. Alongside Manchester city centre and surrounding areas such as Wythenshawe, Sale, Didsbury, Fallowfield and Old Trafford, other nearby towns named as benefiting from the network upgrade include Altrincham, Warrington, Bury, Bolton, Stockport and Knutsford.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, last month Virgin Media launched its ‘Gig1’ service, offering an ‘average peak-time’ download speed of 1.104Gbps. Initial coverage was limited to around 100,000 premises in the city of Southampton, though connectivity was available to both new and existing subscribers, with prices for starting from GBP62 (USD80) per month for a standalone variant of the gibabit-capable broadband service.