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Broadband provider Virgin Media is to extend trials of mid-range broadband services to three towns in Lancashire.

Around 13,000 customers in Preston, Blackpool and Wigan will see their broadband speed increased from four Mbps to ten Mbps when the trials begin later this month.

Their upload speed will also increase from 384Kbps to 512Kbps for the duration of the month-long trial, according to a report from Digital Spy.

Ernie Cormier, Virgin Media's managing director of group strategy and corporate development, said: "We already have a premium broadband service offering download speeds of up to 20 Mbps, but we'll use this trial to listen to feedback from customers experiencing a significant speed increase on our middle tier of service."

News of the new programme of trials comes as Virgin this month began testing its 50Mbps networks in Folkestone, Ashford and Dover, which uses Data Over Cable Service Interface Specifications (DOCSIS).

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