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How fast is ‘ultrafast’ broadband?

Ultrafast broadband is a term that describes broadband speeds between 100Mbps and 500Mbps. The only UK-wide ISP that falls into this category is Virgin Media.

Unlike other ISPs, Virgin Media uses its own unique cable network to connect customers to the internet.

This network is much faster than the Openreach network that most other ISPs use.

According to Ofcom, ‘ultrafast’ defines speeds between 300Mbps and 1000Mbps. This margin is far too wide for any real-world use as a 300Mbps connection is significantly different from a 1000Mbps connection in terms of network technology.

Instead, ‘ultrafast’ is used to describe Virgin’s cable network speeds. ‘Hyperfast’ is reserved for full-fibre speeds of 1Gbps or more – also known as gigabit broadband.

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