Virgin Media takes 152Mb broadband to 100,000 homes in east London

Bethnal Green, Bow, Isle of Dogs and Stratford will soon have access to Virgin Media’s fastest broadband as part of the single biggest network expansion in the provider’s seven-year history...

If you live in east London and your broadband's rubbish, or you're miffed because you can't get superfast speeds, Virgin Media might have some good news for you.

The cable provider, which offers the UK's fastest widely-available broadband, has announced it'll soon cover 100,000 extra homes in east London. It'll be the biggest single expansion of Virgin Media's network since it formed seven years ago.

Work's underway to start connecting properties in Bethnal Green, Isle of Dogs, Newham and West Ham. Homes in Bow, East Ham, Poplar, Stepney and Stratford will follow.

Tom Mockridge, Virgin Media's chief executive, said: "This is a significant investment for Virgin Media and our largest, single network expansion project to date."

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, added: "London's earning a reputation for being the tech capital of Europe, and that's why we need to ensure every Londoner's able to access superfast broadband. It's become a utility every Londoner expects."

Virgin Media's network already covers over half of all the homes in London, and powers the Wi-Fi available at almost 150 stations on the London Underground.

Because it uses a blend of fibre optic and coaxial cable, which is less prone to interference than old-fashioned copper telephone wire - still used to this day for connecting homes to BT Infinity, Sky Fibre and so on - Virgin Media's able to offer a maximum download speed of 152Mb.

This makes it twice as fast as the fastest BT Infinity package, and almost nine times faster than the current UK average, which according to Ofcom is now 17.8Mb across all types of home broadband.

To keep up with Virgin Media's progress in east London, watch for updates on this page. If you enter your postcode, it'll give you an estimate of when you'll be able to switch.

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