Virgin Media to start 1.5Gbps broadband trial

Virgin Media has announced plans to test what it claims to be the world’s fastest broadband service.

The UK cable operator will begin a trial of 1.5Gbps broadband using its existing high-speed network. The trial, in partnership with four companies, will begin this month in the Old Street area of London. Virgin Media said that if successful, it would be the world’s fastest cable connection and over 240 times faster than the national average broadband speed.

Jon James, executive director of broadband at Virgin Media, said: “Demand for greater bandwidth is growing rapidly as more devices are able to connect to the internet and as more people go online simultaneously. Our growing network provides a highly competitive alternative to the fastest fibre networks of the future and, with our ongoing investment plans, we can anticipate and meet demand as it develops over time, ensuring Virgin Media business and residential customers continue to enjoy world-class broadband.”

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