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Virgin Media added a net 21,900 home broadband customers during the final three months of 2013, it has been revealed.

This was up from the 13,600 subscribers added by the company - which is now owned by US cable giant Liberty Global - between July and September 2013.

In total, Virgin Media now has 4,510,500 broadband subscribers across the UK, many of whom are paying for other services such as TV, home phone and mobile.

Almost all of Virgin Media's broadband customers were on its cable network, which was used by 4,375,700 subscribers during the quarter.

The number left on its legacy ADSL network fell by another 17,200 to 134,800, after shedding 16,600 users in Q3 2013.

In terms of broadband coverage, Virgin Media is now capable of delivering its services to 12,520,100 premises across the UK.

This is actually down slightly - by 11,400 properties - compared to figures from the previous quarter.

Virgin Media explained that 'homes passed' counts are based upon census data and are therefore susceptible to change over time.

But what about the grade of broadband services subscribers are paying for?

"Of all of our 4.4 million internet customers, 3.2 million, or 74 per cent, subscribe to super-fast broadband services of 30Mb or faster," Virgin Media explained.

The service provider noted that this was an increase of one million over the last 12 months, including a 209,300 rise in Q4 2013.

"We continue to see that nearly half of our new internet customers subscribe to speeds of 60Mb or higher, showing the strong, ongoing demand for faster speeds," it stated.

"We will again demonstrate the power of our network during 2014 with another significant speed increase beginning in February, when our top tier increases to 152Mb."

Virgin Media said this will be twice the speed of VDSL products offered by its broadband competitors.

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