Liberty Global hits 12 million gigabit ready homes landmark

06 August 2020 | João Marques Lima

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Converged video, broadband and communications provider Liberty Global plc has announced the launch of gigabit broadband services from Virgin Media to almost one million homes in Glasgow, Leeds and Bradford.

Following the addition of the cities and their surrounding areas to Liberty Global’s gigabit-capable footprint, a total of more than 12 million homes across Europe are now gigabit ready.

The company explained that this rises to 13.2 million homes with the inclusion of the gigabit footprint of VodafoneZiggo, its Joint Venture in the Netherlands.

The speed increases in Glasgow, Leeds and Bradford are part of Virgin Media’s plan to bring gigabit speeds to more than 15 million homes across its entire network by the end of 2021, ahead of the UK government’s target of delivering gigabit-capable broadband nationwide by 2025.

The cities are the latest in a growing list of that can now experience speeds 17 times faster than the UK average.

Virgin Media has already connected cities including Southampton, Manchester, Birmingham, Coventry, Reading Liverpool and Edinburgh to its gigabit network, all delivered through Virgin Media’s newest and most powerful router, the Hub 4.

Liberty Global is set to launch gigabit speed services in even more cities in the coming months as it continues to boost superfast internet access across Europe. Elsewhere amongst Liberty Global’s operating companies, Telenet and UPC Switzerland connected customers throughout their entire networks last year, while UPC Poland has so far connected more than 60 cities to its gigabit service.

Mike Fries (pictured), CEO, Liberty Global, said: “Within the past 10 years we have gone from offering speeds of 100Mbps to making gigabit ready connections available to more than 12 million homes across our European footprint. We’re continuing to invest in the fastest broadband network in the UK and our recently announced merger with O2 creates an even more exciting opportunity to accelerate growth in the future.”