A BROADBAND company has added a number of coastal towns to its network of next generation internet.

Virgin Media O2 has added thousands of homes in Redcar and Saltburn-by-the-Sea to its gigabit network, connecting areas in and around the towns to broadband speeds 14 times faster than the local average.

Virgin Media’s next-generation Gig1 broadband service, with average download speeds of 1,130Mbps, is the fastest available from any of the major broadband providers in the UK.

As well as preparing homes for the technologies and applications of tomorrow, gigabit speeds enable consumers to do more online – from working, streaming, socialising and gaming – all at the same time on multiple devices under the same roof.

As part of today’s gigabit switch-on, Virgin Media O2 has upgraded thousands of homes in Loftus, Brotton, Skelton-in-Cleveland, Kirkleatham and Dormanstown to gigabit speeds.

More than 10 million homes in all four UK nations are now able to access Virgin Media’s Gig1 service, making the operator the largest gigabit broadband provider in the UK.

By the end of 2021, Virgin Media O2 will deliver gigabit broadband speeds across its entire network of more than 15 million homes.