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Virgin Media brings gigabit broadband to Reading and surrounding towns

Paul Lipscombe
November 27, 2019

The Gig 1 service will deliver peak-time download speeds of 1.1Gbps

Virgin Media has today (November 27) turned on its Gig1 home broadband service in Reading, with speeds 25 times faster than the current average.

It is the first part of Virgin’s plans to rollout gigabit broadband to more than 15 million homes across the UK by the close of 2021, with hundreds of thousands of homes in and around Reading.

Homes in the Calcot, Caversham, Earley, Tilehurst and Woodley areas of the city, plus surrounding villages Pangbourne, Twyford, Shinfield and Theale will all receive the boost.

A number of nearby towns including Newbury, Bracknell, Wokingham, Thatcham, Basingstoke and High Wycombe will also benefit from the improved connectivity.

Virgin’s Gig1 service will offer users speeds of 1.1Gbps, with the service available to new and existing customers and can be packaged with or without telephone, TV and mobile services.

Virgin Media chief operating officer Jeff Dodds said: “This is a next-generation boost broadband boost for the residents of Reading.

“This is just one of many investments we’re making in Reading – with our brand new state-of-the-art office set to open next month. We’re committed to making the UK faster and will continue to roll out next-generation Gig 1 across our entire network over the next 24 months.”

Reading Borough Council lead councillor for corporate and consumer services Ellie Emberson added: “Reading is already a major economic player in both the region and in the UK. Developing technology is offering individuals, businesses and organisations new ways of working and new job and career opportunities.

“Outside of the workplace, there is the potential to make a real difference to lives, through things like access to care or information, which will lead to major benefits for people across the town.”

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