VIRGIN Media’s Gig 1, the UK's fastest home broadband, is now available to around 60,000 homes in Warrington which includes the Appleton, Great Sankey, Birchwood and Orford areas.

This broadband boost is part of company’s plan to bring gigabit speeds to nearly 15 million homes by the end of 2021 – the entire Virgin Media network.

Jeff Dodds, chief operating officer at Virgin Media, said: “This is a next-generation broadband boost for the residents of Warrington.

“These hyperfast speeds are 25 times faster than Warrington’s average broadband connection, meaning that households can do everything they want to do online, at the same time, without delay and are well set for whatever comes next.

“The government has called for nationwide gigabit connectivity and we’re helping them leap forward to reach this ambition by turning on our next-generation Gig1 broadband across our entire network over the next 24 months - a speed and scale unmatched by anyone else.”

The hyperfast Gig1 service offers an average peak-time download speed of 1,104Mbps.

Customers taking Gig1 will benefit from Virgin Media’s new gigabit capable router – the Hub 4.

The new router is Virgin Media’s fastest to date and features improved WiFi hardware to provide speedy and reliable connectivity throughout customers’ homes.

With Virgin Media’s hyperfast gigabit connection, ultra-high definition 4K films and TV programmes, very large files and 360 degree videos can be downloaded almost instantaneously, even with multiple devices using the connection.

The connection will also support innovative technologies like virtual and augmented reality headsets, cloud gaming and futuristic immersive in-home entertainment.

Gig1 broadband is available to new and existing customers and can be packaged with or without telephone, TV and mobile services. Prices start from £62 per month on an 18 month contract with a guaranteed price freeze for at least 24 months.