British multi-play service provider Virgin Media has announced that it has extended the rollout of DOCSIS3.1 technology to ‘hundreds of thousands of homes’ across South Wales. According to ISPreview the operator has announced that its gigabit-capable services are now available across its entire network in the capital, Cardiff, including surrounding areas, such as Adamstown, Ely, Grangetown, Lisvane, Pentwyn, Rumney, Saint Mellons, Thornhill and Whitchurch. Meanwhile, other areas where customers will gain access to Virgin Media’s ‘Gig1’ service include: Barry, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Glamorgan, Port Talbot and Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Commenting on the development, Virgin Media COO Jeff Dodds said: ‘At a time when our services play a vital role in supporting people’s lives and powering the economy, Virgin Media is continuing to invest and as a result our gigabit footprint is growing like gangbusters. With our latest switch-on in Wales today, all four UK countries and capital cities can now benefit from our next-generation connectivity and the rest of our network will follow suit next year.’
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, last month Virgin Media revealed it had enabled DOCSIS3.1 technology for nearly three million premises across London and Northern Ireland in what it called ‘the nation’s biggest ever gigabit switch-on’. That development was said to have increased the total number of premises within the coverage area of its Gig1 service to 6.8 million, representing 45% of its network. Looking ahead, the operator aims to have DOCSIS3.1 enabled across its entire network by the end of 2021.