Virgin Media has introduced what it claims is a “game-changing” Wi-Fi service that may give thousands and thousands of consumers the UK’s quickest broadly accessible broadband speeds in additional areas of their house.
The brand new service is being launched at a time when Virgin Media has seen record-breaking levels of data consumption in 2020 pushed by a rise in smart-home gadgets in households, distant working, streaming, video calling and on-line gaming.
Virgin Media stated greater than half of Brits have skilled poor Wi-Fi in at the very least one room of their house, with bedrooms stated to be the trickiest place to get a dependable sign. That analysis discovering wouldn’t have carried a lot weight a 12 months in the past, however because the UK will get to grips with its third lockdown, bedrooms at the moment are de facto places of work.
And with thousands and thousands of individuals now adopting remote working, many have stated they might prioritise sooner and extra dependable speeds within the areas of the house the place they work to maintain them linked.
Virgin Media’s Clever WiFi Plus is claimed to enhance in-home protection in hard-to-reach areas and is especially helpful for these in giant households with plenty of linked gadgets. It combines a set of recent, routinely deployed options on Virgin Media’s Hub 3 and Hub 4 routers with new Clever Wi-Fi Pods designed to enhance and prolong wi-fi connectivity attain and speeds all through the house.
Virgin believes the know-how will rework in-home Wi-Fi by combining sooner speeds with extra dependable connectivity, claiming that it’ll give clients Wi-Fi speeds as much as thrice sooner in additional areas within the house. The Wi-Fi Pods, developed by Plume, create a Wi-Fi mesh bespoke to every family, the primary time the operator has supplied such functionality to home clients.
Virgin says this can guarantee optimum in-home protection, with linked gadgets making use of the strongest potential sign, on a regular basis, no matter the place within the house they’re getting used.
The brand new know-how additionally sees Virgin Media’s current Clever WiFi options, corresponding to channel optimisation, band steering and airtime equity, obtain vital upgrades. Extra channels have been included within the current channel optimisation know-how, which is designed to maintain devices out of Wi-Fi site visitors jams, with extra 5GHz channels, largely utilized by newer gadgets, accessible.
Adaptive band steering analyses Wi-Fi use repeatedly and adapts system connections to make sure they’re on the precise Wi-Fi frequency on the proper time.
“Clever WiFi Plus is our most superior and spectacular Wi-Fi service up to now that may assist take away broadband blackspots and convey sooner and extra dependable speeds all through the house,” stated Jeff Dodds, chief working officer at Virgin Media. “Whether or not our clients are working, streaming, looking, enjoying or preserving linked on-line, the combo of recent hub options and WiFi Pods offers a step-change in connectivity.”
Virgin plans to bring gigabit broadband to its entire network of greater than 15 million properties by the top of 2021, serving to to ship greater than half of the UK government’s longer-term broadband ambition, which would see the country have national full-fibre access by 2025.
To this point, greater than seven million properties throughout the UK have entry to the gigabit community in areas together with Southampton, Manchester, Studying, Birmingham, Coventry, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Leeds, Bradford and Glasgow.