Virgin becomes online gatekeeper

In the battle to dictate the shape of future online use Virgin Media has, almost quietly, manoeuvred itself into a position of dominance.

It is in the enviable position of having the UK's largest fibre optic network, albeit covering only 50% of the country, offering up to 50Mbps download speeds, as well as having access to high-quality content via set-top boxes in millions of homes.

The firm is also helping bridge the worlds of TV and web with applications such as the iPlayer on its set-top boxes.

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