Virgin Media remains most popular superfast broadband provider in UK

Over three-quarters of people with Virgin Media broadband get download speeds of up 30Mb - almost double the UK average - and Virgin Media is now the only provider offering pay-monthly mobile plans alongside TV and broadband.

Virgin Media is still the most popular provider in the UK when it comes to broadband offering download speeds of up to 30Mb and above - 'superfast' broadband as it's generally known.

Between January and March, 189,700 people got superfast broadband from Virgin Media, so now a total of 3.4 million, or over three-quarters, of those with Virgin Media broadband get superfast speeds, which are almost double the national average.

In comparison, a total of 1.9 million, or under a third, of around seven million people with BT broadband have BT Infinity, BT's superfast fibre optic broadband, which is the nearest to Virgin Media's in terms of popularity.

And now over a third of people with Virgin Media broadband - up from under a third this time last year - get download speeds of up to 60Mb, which is over three times as fast as the national average download speed for home broadband.

Tom Mockridge, Virgin Media's chief executive officer
"Virgin Media's unrivalled network provides people with the speed and capacity they need to keep up with their busy lives. The number of customers connecting at least five devices to their home broadband has doubled in the past year and we have seen peak internet use soar 60% in that time."

If you're thinking of making the switch to superfast broadband, Virgin Media and BT are far from your only choices these days, although they do offer the most widely-available superfast broadband in the country, with the former covering over 12 million homes and the latter over 18 million.

However, the other big players when it comes to broadband - EE, Plusnet, Sky and TalkTalk - all now offer superfast, as do smaller provider such as John Lewis and Primus Saver, while fibre-to-your-front-door provider Hyperoptic offers download speeds of up to a whopping 1Gb. Oof.

So, before switching, have a goosey at what packages are available where you live, and remember to take other things you want into account too before picking one - for instance, Virgin Media is now the only provider with which you can get a pay-monthly mobile plan with your TV, internet and phone.

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