3,500 homes in Hackney now connected to hyperfast gigabit broadband

16 March 2021

  • Full fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology with average top speeds of 1,140Mbps
  • Virgin Media’s broadband speeds are 17 times faster than the local average
  • Computer games downloaded in minutes, 4K movies in seconds
  • Virgin Media’s engineers have worked throughout the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure that new customers have access to vital connectivity when they need it most

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.

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.

Hyperfast broadband boost for Hackney residents – now 17 times faster than the local average

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.

For those interested in Virgin Media’s fantastic services, they can go online now to check out our latest deals > http://www.virginmedia.com/


Notes to Editors

More information about how Virgin Media people are helping the country stay connected can be found HERE. *The average (median) broadband speed in Hackney is 64.3Mbps. Source: Ofcom, Connected Nations Report 2020, published 17 December 2020. ** Download speeds calculated using www.download-time.com

About Virgin Media

Virgin Media offers four multi award-winning services across the UK: broadband, TV, mobile phone and landline.

Our network delivers the fastest widely-available broadband speeds to homes and businesses. We’re expanding this through continued investment in our Project Lightning programme, which has seen our network footprint reach an additional 2.5 million premises so far to pass 15.3 million UK premises overall. We are also investing to bring next-generation gigabit speeds to our entire broadband network by the end of 2021, making us the UK’s largest gigabit operator.

Our interactive TV service brings live TV, thousands of hours of on-demand programming and the best apps and games to customers through a set-top box, as well as on-the-go through tablets and smartphones.

Virgin Mobile launched the world’s first virtual mobile network and offers fantastic value and innovative services with 5G connectivity. We are also one of the largest fixed-line home phone providers in the UK.

Through Virgin Media Business we support entrepreneurs, businesses and the public sector, delivering a range of connectivity and tailor-made services.

Virgin Media employs around 12,000 people directly in the UK and is part of Liberty Global, one of the world’s leading converged video, broadband and communications companies. Liberty Global connects customers through operations in seven countries across Europe subscribing to 49 million broadband, TV, fixed and mobile telephony services.