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Faster broadband for rural households in Test Valley


THOUSANDS of homes across Hampshire will now have access to super-fast broadband speeds.

Virgin Media O2 has added thousands of homes in Romsey and Andover to its gigabit network, including rural villages that now have access to broadband speeds 20 times faster than the regional average.

Virgin Media’s Gig1 broadband service, with average download speeds of 1130 Mbps, is the fastest available from one of the UK’s leading broadband providers.

As part of today’s gigabit activation, Virgin Media O2 has upgraded thousands of homes in Andover, Michelmersh, North Baddesley, Romsey and Timsbury, including other rural areas in the region, to gigabit speeds.

More homes in the region will be connected to gigabit broadband over the coming months.

This includes the 12 villages that make up Test & Dun Valley, which have seen residents benefit from an innovative and one-of-a-kind program for Virgin Media to connect them to super high speed. In less than two years, villagers in the region have gone from broadband speeds as low as 2 Mbps to 1130 Gbps, 570 times faster than previous connectivity.

Caroline Nokes, MP for Romsey and Southampton North, said: “I know how important fast broadband is to local residents, as well as being able to choose who provides them. Virgin Media O2 has been working very hard on its initiatives in this area to bring faster broadband to some villages. ”

Lutz Schüler, CEO of Virgin Media O2, said: “We are upgrading the UK to next generation connectivity and today we take another important milestone with more than half of our network now capable of access gigabit speeds.

“As the UK’s largest gigabit broadband provider today, we will deliver most of the government’s broadband targets ahead of schedule. ”


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