Virgin Media's Hyperfast Gig1 Service Has Rolled out in Southampton

By Shabana Arif on at

Virgin Media's promised Gigabit internet trial has finally gone live in Southampton, and to celebrate, Craig David is putting on a free gig, because who the hell would pay for that?

The initial trial too place in Papworth for just 50 homes, with Southampton's trial announced just a few months ago. The service has now gone live in over 100,000 homes in the city, which is the first to experience Virgin's super snappy speeds that are reportedly 20 times faster than the UK's average broadband speed. A second city is on the cards and will be going live in the next few weeks.

"By launching our hyperfast Gig1 services in Southampton today, we’re marking the start of next-generation gigabit connectivity across our entire network at a speed and scale unmatched by anyone else," said Virgin Media COO, Jeff Dodds. "This service is more than 20 times faster than the UK’s average broadband speed, meaning that households can do everything they want to do online, at the same time, without delay and are well set for whatever comes next. The Government has called for nationwide gigabit connectivity and we’re helping them leap forward to reach this ambition."

The Gig1 service offers an average peak download speed of 1,104Mbps, and prices start at £62 per month if you're in Southampton and fancy getting in on the action. The ISP also revealed its new Hub 4 router for the service, which is the company's fastest to date and features improved WiFi hardware, including more anantennae than the previous Hub 3, and Virgin's next gen broadband technology DOCSIS 3.1.

And the sultanas in the otherwise delicious cake is this Craig David concert set for October 10 at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, which again, is free. So you don't have to go, even if you're a Gig1 broadband customer.

He looks about as excited in that promo image as we are.