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Virgin Media claims 1.5Gb broadband record

Virgin Media said it has trialled 1.5Gb broadband Internet delivery services in the area around London's Old Street which is being dubbed ‘Silicon Roundabout',

The ISP said it was delivering1.5Gb download and 150Mb upload speeds on the same fibre optic infrastructure as it uses to provide residential customers with speeds of up to 100Mb. It said the 1.5Gb trial is the world's fastest cable connection, at more than 240 times faster than the national average broadband1

Jon James, executive director of broadband at Virgin Media, bragged: "As people are simultaneously connecting more gadgets to the Internet and doing more online than ever before, we wanted to explore what our unique fibre optic network is capable of. At speeds of up to 1.5Gb, Virgin Media is delivering some of the fastest broadband in the world and, thanks to our ongoing investment, we're able to anticipate and lead the way in meeting growing demand for bandwidth as future services and applications come online."

Communications Minister Ed Vaizey attended a knees-up at TechHub, the hot-desk facility for fat-walletted users, claiming, the "exciting development" would "help attract new companies and entrepreneurs to the area, bringing new jobs and growth to this part of the capital."

TechHub members were apparently "having great fun with the super speeds" according to a spokeswoman. They must have been playing Modern Warfare 3.