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Virgin Media is providing London with internet speeds of up to 1.5 Gb, which is 240 times faster than the national average

Virgin Media has announced that it is providing London with internet speeds that are approximately 240 times faster than the national average.

Virgin Media, a leading broadband provider in the UK, has already used its cable network to deliver internet speeds of up to 100 MB to residential customers throughout over half of the UK. Now, Virgin Media is offering internet speeds of up to 1.5 Gb/s, which is 240 times faster than the national average. Every cable home is connected to a fiber optic network by a high-grade coaxial line, offering state-of-the-art technology and speeds. Those around Old Street, aka "Silicon Roundabout," are the subjects enjoying the 1.5 Gb/s and 150 Mb/s upload trial, including technology entrepreneurs at TechHub and businesses such as and 

"As people are simultaneously connecting more gadgets to the internet and doing more online than ever before, we wanted to explore what our unique fibre optic network is capable of," said Jon James, executive director of broadband at Virgin Media. "At speeds of up to 1.5 Gb/s, Virgin Media is delivering some of the fastest broadband in the world and, thanks to our ongoing investment, we're able to anticipate and lead the way in meeting growing demand for bandwidth as future services and applications come online."

Virgin Media's network, which utilizes DOCSIS2 technology, offers a "future-proofed" platform with near infinite capacity, and is capable of bonding multiple downstream and upstream channels together. They can be used at the same time by a single user to obtain faster speeds.

"It is fantastic to see the fastest internet speeds in the world over cable being trialed here in the UK," said Communications Minister Ed Vaizey. "This exciting development will help attract new companies and entrepreneurs to the area, bringing new jobs and growth to this part of the capital. Last year the Prime Minister set out our ambition for London's East End to become a world-leading technology city to rival Silicon Valley. Developments like Virgin Media's will help make this ambition a reality."

These speeds have been achieved thanks to a £13 billion private investment by Virgin Media. The UK hopes to use this technology to support future internet-related endeavors, such as online education and remote healthcare.

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RE: Richard Branson
By inperfectdarkness on 7/25/2011 2:28:54 PM , Rating: 1
i vote we give him free reign of the US for implementing his networks. he obviously cares more about providing the customer what he/she wants than ANY of the crappy corporations we have as ISPs here in the USA (comcast, TW, etc).

RE: Richard Branson
By karielash on 7/25/2011 4:22:05 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure about his media company as I now live in the USA, but when I fly home I always fly Virgin Atlantic, the service is nothing short of amazing, it's not cheap by any means but you get what you pay for imo.

RE: Richard Branson
By Aloonatic on 7/26/2011 2:36:51 AM , Rating: 2
Well, the creation of the network had nothing to do with Branson or Virgin. It was a hodge-podge of cable companies (many of who put in sub-standard fibre that had to be replaced or just ran off with the money after doing a fraction of the work) who were then all bought out by either Cable & Wireless and NTL before Virgin bought them all out late on in the game. and have done nothing to add to the network at all.

So if you want Virgin to handle US networks, be prepared to have a friend who lives just a few feet away from you able to get cable while you can't because Virgin can't be bothered to expand their network.

That's what happens in the UK. Their coverage is very patchy, and if you want to live in a new build-home, forget about it.

Shame really, they really really really really really need to work on expanding their network, and could easily capitalise on the bad feeling around Murdoch as BSkyB is Virgin's only competitor in the non-free to air TV market and many people don't want to have to use SKY TV, but like me, they have to as they don't have a cable connection within miles of their home.

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