Virgin Media trials world's fastest cable broadband Speeds up to 240 times the national average tested

26 July 2011

Virgin Media's 1.5Gb broadband trial

Communications Minister, Ed Vaizey takes a look at Virgin Media's 1.5Gb broadband trial 

Virgin Media is delivering the world's fastest cable connection as part of a trial in London. 

It's testing download speeds of up to 1.5Gb over its cable network around Old Street in London, an area dubbed 'Silicon Roundabout'. Several local businesses are taking part in the trials. 

The speed is up to 240 times the UK average of 6.2Mbps given in Ofcom's latest fixed broadband speed test. 

Are you frustrated by slow speeds? Check out our expert tips on how to increase your broadband speed. 

Virgin Media go superfast 

Jon James, Executive Director of broadband at Virgin Media, says: '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'.

The trials use the same technology that Virgin uses to provide its 100Mbps packages to residential customers. Virgin Media's 100Mbps packages launched in December 2010, but it isn't the only provider to offer superfast services. 

BT plans to extend its own fibre network to two-thirds of UK homes by 2015, and last year Ofcom instructed it to open its superfast network to other providers to use. 

Find out the truth behind the high-speed claims in our guide to superfast broadband.

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