Gabriel Vanca | May 16th, 2022
Virgin Media is the leader in ultrafast UK broadband, and the Gig1 package is its crown jewel. While Virgin Media’s range of broadband offers starts with the modest but still generous 132Mbps package (M125), Gig1 sits at the very top, with an impressive 1130Mbps download speed, faster than virtually any of its competitors.
In this quick guide, we’ll take a look at what Virgin Media’s no-compromise Gig1 package is offering and help you decide if it’s the right deal for you.
Here’s a quick rundown of Virgin Media’s Gig1 package.
|£48 per month
|Fibre to the premises (FTTP)
|None, Evening & Weekends, Anytime
|Yes – WebSafe
|SuperHub 4 or SuperHub 5
|Broadband only, Broadband & phone, Broadband & mobile, Broadband & TV
With Virgin Media, customers can choose any package between the entry-level 100Mbps package and up to this lighting-fast 1130Mbps service. The latter is essentially a no-compromise option, so everything from mere video conferencing up to streaming the most eye-watering exquisite 4K HDR epic sci-fi films on Apple TV+ will be a piece of cake for Gig1.
That having been said, it’s gamers, content creators and data-hoarding geeks who’ll benefit most from Virgin Media’s offering. Here’s a quick rundown of who’d want Gig1 and why:
|M50 Fibre Broadband + Calls
|£28 per month
|M125 Fibre Broadband
|£29 per month
|M250 Fibre Broadband
|£33 per month
|M350 Fibre Broadband
|£37 per month
|M500 Fibre Broadband
|£41 per month
|Gig1 Fibre Broadband
|£48 per month
|Gig2 (coming soon)
|Up to symmetrical
|£84 per month
As with virtually all UK broadband providers, you’ll get unlimited downloads and uploads with no quotas or data restrictions.
The service comes typically with the SuperHub 4, released in early 2020. But if you’re lucky you might get your hands on the latest SuperHub 5 released in December 2021 – the criteria as to who gets what are steeped in mystery at the time of writing. These routers offer impressive ranges even for larger houses and work great with dozens of devices connected at once. The SuperHub 5 takes it one step further by bringing the latest WiFi 6 technology, which increases wifi speeds (to compatible devices) while reducing latency, has more wifi antennae which helps it improve the wireless coverage even further and serve more devices.
We should note, though, that these routers still have pretty basic networking features. Furthermore, neither of these two routers, unlike the SuperHub 3, currently works with the Virgin Media Connect app, which provides user-friendly control of the router’s functions, troubleshoot network problems and scans your home for wifi blackspots. Virgin Media promises that support for these routers will be added in the future.
Gig1, just like all the other Virgin Media broadband packages, comes with Web Safe, which combines parental control (Child Safe) and protection against dangerous websites known to host malware (Virus Safe). Child Safe comes with customisable filters so that new websites can be blocked, and the block can be adjusted to be timed-only.
Also included is a three months trial of Virgin Media Internet Security (formerly F-Secure SAFE). After trial, this will cost you £3 per month or £30 per year. The software can be installed on an unlimited number of Windows, MacOS, Android and iOS devices where it scans for viruses and also blocks access to dangerous or parental-restricted websites.
Finally, the package comes with the confusingly named Virgin Media WiFi. This on-the-go service allows you to connect to over 3.5 million WiFi hotspots around the UK, including cafes, bars, restaurants, airports and stations on the London Underground and Overground.
Virgin Media is the UK’s largest gigabit broadband provider, and the Gig1 package is available to over 50% of UK households (and rapidly growing). None of the other big competitors offer these sorts of speeds to anywhere near as much of the UK.
Gig1 gives you all the latest technologies: gigabit broadband, WiFi 6 and multi-gig Ethernet (with the SuperHub 5) and, if matched with an O2 SIM, 5G mobile data. O2 is set to have 50% outdoor 5G coverage by 2023 and, due to its high speeds, it can effectively function as a redundant internet connection (if 5G is not yet available in your area, the SIM will simply use 4G).
Whether you are a gamer or a content creator, or just want the best speed and tech available, Virgin Media’s no-compromise Gig1 is sure to be the perfect match for you.
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