Virgin Media Connects 3,500 Homes with Gigabit Speeds in Hackney

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Virgin Media has connected 3,500 additional homes in Hackney, north east London, to its broadband network, bringing next-generation gigabit speeds to the area.

As part of its ‘Project Lightning’ network expansion programme, Virgin Media is expanding its broadband network across the UK, bringing ultrafast speeds to residents and small businesses.

Hackney is the latest area to benefit and is able to access Virgin Media’s gigabit broadband service – Gig1 – from day one. Gig1 is able to provide homes with average top speeds of 1,140Mbps.

Gigabit Connectivity

The company is in the process of rolling out Gig1 across to its entire network of 15 million homes by the end of 2021.

Moving forward, all new areas that are connected to Virgin Media’s network as part of its expansion programme will be able to access its gigabit speeds providing that they’re in an area already served by Gig1.

Virgin Media has continued to expand its network during the global COVID-19 pandemic to bring ultrafast connectivity to more homes and businesses across the UK when they need it most.

Virgin Media’s hyperfast broadband speeds are 17 times faster than the local average. Hackney will benefit from fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology which allows for smooth, reliable connectivity in the home. With a 1,140Mbps connection, files, films and games become very quick to stream, download and upload:

Download in HD the entire 4th season of The Crown (10GB) in 1 minutes and 15 seconds, compared to more than 22 minutes on the average local connection;
Download the new Call of Duty Cold War game (133GB) on PS5 in just 16 minutes and 42 seconds, compared to over 4 hours and 56 minutes on the average local connection

Richard Vivian, Regional Director for London at Virgin Media, said, “Project Lightning has enabled us to bring ultrafast broadband and brilliant TV to millions more people and we are pleased to say that this now includes 3,500 additional homes in Hackney.

“Hackney residents can now access gigabit broadband that is 17 times faster than the average local connection, allowing them to spend more time online doing what they love, without worrying that their broadband cannot keep up.”

Virgin Media’s Oomph bundles

By combining broadband, TV, home phone and mobile into one bundle, Virgin Media’s Oomph packages offer outstanding value for customers.

With the Ultimate Oomph bundle, customers can enjoy the ultimate entertainment and connectivity experience at home or on the move.

This includes broadband with average top speeds of 630Mbps, as well as a mobile SIM with truly unlimited data, texts and calls.

They can also access Virgin Media’s new TV service, Virgin TV 360. The advanced TV line-up includes a new Mini box, new TV remote with voice control and smart new features which offer a fully integrated, voice activated and personalised service.

Offering the very best entertainment, Virgin TV 360 boasts all of the top TV channels and streaming apps such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and BBC iPlayer, all with 4k Ultra-High Definition and HDR viewing capabilities.

Ultimate Oomph also comes complete with more than 280 channels including Sky Sports, Sky Cinema and BT Sport in 4K Ultra HD, as well as inclusive anytime landline calls.

And with Virgin Media’s ultrafast broadband, multiple users in the home can stream and watch their favourite shows and content all at the same time in the highest resolution. Gigabit broadband speeds are also being rolled out by the company and are currently available to more than 7 million homes across the UK.