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What is gigabit broadband?

Gigabit broadband is an internet connection that offers speeds of one gigabit per second (1000Mbps or 1Gbps).

Gigabit broadband is currently only possible with full fibre.

The fastest broadband that is widely available throughout the country to home broadband users is Virgin Media’s 300Mbps VIVID 300, so gigabit broadband is over three times quicker than that.

With gigabit broadband, you could download a 5GB file is less than 40 seconds.

It is usually only available to small communities or businesses who pay a special premium for it.

Its obvious benefit is for large businesses who need speedy broadband connections for data-intensive tasks like video calls, uploading large amounts of data and handling the needs of hundreds of staff.

Two full fibre broadband providers offering gigabit broadband to home users are Hyperoptic and Gigaclear.

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