Virgin Media's next Super Hub on its way

ByAnthony Hill

Superfast provider says new broadband router is better than the BT Home Hub 4 announced this week.

Virgin Media has revealed a "next generation" Super Hub, the wireless broadband router supplied to Virgin Media customers, will be launched this summer.

A new Super Hub is currently being tested by a small group of selected customers and will launch in the coming weeks, has been told.

It's possible Virgin Media is just trying to steal some limelight from BT, which this week unveiled a new, faster BT Home Hub router. But the "broadband boffins" at Virgin Media claim their improved Super Hub is "even faster" than the soon-to-be-launched BT Hub 4.

The new Super Hub has an extra antenna for improved wireless range and faster Wi-Fi.

BT Hub 4 wireless broadband router

 The new BT Home Hub 4 broadband router

"Powered by the latest dual-band technology, Virgin Media's new Super Hub will enable concurrent access to both the 5GHz and 2.4GHz wireless channels and deliver unrivalled connectivity throughout our customers' homes," a spokesperson told broadbandchoices.

Last month, Virgin Media revealed that its superfast fibre optic broadband - with speeds of at least 30Mb, more than double the UK average - is now used by more than 2.5 million households across the country.

The cable provider is currently in the process of being sold to Liberty Global, an American cable TV company with almost 20 million customers worldwide, in a deal worth around £15billion.

Virgin Media has been gradually upgrading its fibre optic broadband network, doubling the speeds of all superfast connections at no extra cost to customers. More details about the new Super Hub are expected to be released in the coming weeks.

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