Virgin Media upgrade is one of its most important EVER and this is why

announced this week that it has begun testing new hyperfast broadband.

This service is bringing speeds of up to 8Gbps into a select number of homes in Cambridgeshire with downloads around 200 times faster than the current UK average.

At that blistering rate, it will take those lucky enough to have this option installed in their homes under five seconds to download a full HD movie.

On a standard connection, the same film would take around 20 minutes to beam across the network.

8Gbps might sound a bit excessive but there is a reason why Virgin and other companies, such as Hyperoptic and EE, are testing these new speeds.

Many homes continue to get smarter with a swathe of connected tech filing every room.

Smart speakers are an increasing trend along with security devices that link directly to smartphones and app-powered appliances such as kettles and fridges.

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Then there’s the new way most of us consume content with services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime video getting ever more popular.

These video platforms can now beam Ultra HD 4K content into homes and with 8K next on the horizon the need for faster speeds will be even more important.

The fact that most gamers now simply download the latest titles rather than buying physical copies can also put huge strain on the broadband coming into homes.

In fact, a new PlayStation 4 or Xbox game, such as Red Dead Redemption 2, would be ready to play on consoles in just two minutes with an 8Gbps connection, compared to more than 5 hours on the UK’s average internet.

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Speaking about the future of broadband, applied futurist Tom Cheesewright, said: “Each new leap in internet speeds has spurred a new round of innovation in digital services.

“Today we are just starting to glimpse the immersive communication and entertainment opportunities that speeds like this will enable, bringing the physical and digital worlds together into a rich, interactive environment.”

And Richard Sinclair, Executive Director of Connectivity at Virgin Media added: “Whether it’s streaming UHD movies on Netflix, playing the latest games online or video conferencing, faster internet connections have changed our lives immeasurably over the past decade.

“With the volume of our customers’ internet usage almost doubling every year, trials like this will ensure we have the capability to meet the demand of data-hungry services in the future – be that over cable or full fibre.”

Virgin isn’t the only firm testing much faster speeds with Hyperoptic also pushing the boundaries of broadband.

Last year the company tested speeds of up to 10Gbps in a home in east London, which it says is the fastest in the UK using an existing network.

5G is also expected to boost usage when away from home with all the big mobile operators announcing plans to launch this service in the coming years.

EE has even confirmed that customers will be able to access 5G later this year which will not only help make things faster but also allow more people to get a better connection at the same time which is becoming vital at busy train stations and sporting events.

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Although it may be a while until the majority of us are getting these incredible speeds it’s vital the UK continues to invest.

As more of us access the web and our gadgets demand more from it, those 8Gbps speeds may be exactly what the homes of the future will need.

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