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Virgin Media brings up to 152Mbps broadband to 44,000 more UK homes

Thousands of folks in Cumbria, Lancashire and Ayshire can now get up to 152Mbps broadband from Virgin Media. 

The cable company has now fully incorporated the former Smallworld network into its own footprint, meaning more places across north west England and south west Scotland can get faster broadband alongside digital TV, home phone and mobile bundles. 

Smallworld Fibre, acquired by Virgin Media back in February, previously offered up to 100Mbps services to its customers. 

Paul Buttery, Virgin Media’s chief customer technology and networks officer said: “We’re delighted that Smallworld has joined our network, bringing the benefits of superfast connectivity to more homes. 

“We’ve received warm welcomes from each new town we’ve moved into and believe that bringing faster broadband can create more opportunities for local people and support economic growth.” 

Customers are now able to get TiVo, Virgin Media’s connected TV platform for the first time, which gives subscribers the option to record up to three programmes at once, make use of a huge on-demand library including every UKTV channel and mobile catch-up through the Virgin TV Anywhere apps.

Experiments with the DOCSIS technology Virgin uses could see speeds of up to 1Gbps roll out to homes in the future. It’s thought that before upgrading to DOCSIS 3.1 Virgin will roll out more speed boosts. 

Currently, it’s on course to complete its roll out of up to 152Mbps to every premises on its network by February 2015. If a Virgin Media speed boost hasn’t rolled out to your neck of the woods just yet, you can jump start the process by recontracting now and get a leg up to 50Mbps, 100Mbps or 152Mbps instead of having to wait

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