Virgin Media Tests 1.5-Gig Wideband

Virgin Media is to begin testing internet speeds of up to 1.5Gb in east London

April 20, 2011

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LONDON -- Virgin Media, the UK's leading broadband provider, is to begin testing internet speeds of up to 1.5Gb in east London. Using Virgin Media's unique cable network, the trials will begin this month in partnership with four companies in the vicinity of Old Street in London, dubbed the "Silicon Roundabout".

The 1.5Gb download and 150Mb upload service will use the same infrastructure and technology as Virgin Media currently uses to provide residential customers with the country's fastest home broadband. If successful, this will be the world's fastest cable connection and more than 240 times faster than the national average broadband1. Similar technology tests have already proven the capability of cable to deliver download speeds of 1Gb.

Jon James, executive director of broadband at Virgin Media, said: "Demand for greater bandwidth is growing rapidly as more devices are able to connect to the internet and as more people go online simultaneously. Our growing network provides a highly competitive alternative to the fastest fibre networks of the future and, with our ongoing investment plans, we can anticipate and meet demand as it develops over time, ensuring Virgin Media business and residential customers continue to enjoy world-class broadband."

Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED)

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