Virgin Media O2 (VMO2) has announced that it is close to completing its national gigabit rollout programme, with more than 90% of premises across its network now having access to such speeds. In a press release regarding the development, the company noted that it had most recently upgraded its infrastructure for around 1.6 million premises, enabling customers to sign up for a service offering an average downlink speed of 1.13Gbps in towns and cities including: Bath, Fife, Huddersfield, Ipswich, Lancaster, Lincoln, Salisbury and Slough. Looking ahead, VMO2 said it anticipates that by the end of 2021 it will be able to deliver gigabit speeds across its entire fixed broadband network, which covers 15.5 million premises.
Furthermore, VMO2 has committed to invest at least GBP10 billion (USD13.6 billion) over the next five years and is ‘actively exploring options to go further and faster by deploying fibre to millions of additional homes across the country’. Meanwhile, the operator’s investment plans also include ‘an accelerated monthly rollout of gigabit speeds to multiple locations across the UK between now and the end of the year’.
Commenting, VMO2’s chief executive Lutz Schuler said: ‘We’re making great strides ahead in upgrading the UK and are within touching distance of bringing the benefits of future-proof gigabit broadband to everyone on our network … With our gigabit rollout progressing at an unmatched pace, we’re building the next-generation broadband network that’s ready for the technology of tomorrow.’