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Virgin Media customers used five different devices to get online on Christmas Day.

The company has calculated that between 5pm and 10pm on December 25th, more than 25.7 million devices, such as smartphones, tablets and TVs, were used across 4.9 million active broadband connections.

This is nearly eight per cent up on the amount recorded a year earlier.

Figures from Virgin Media also indicated that almost two million devices were connected to its mobile network throughout Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Customers made extensive use of speedy 4G connections throughout the festive season, using nearly 12 terabytes of data to extend seasonal greetings via video calls, text messages and tweets.

This is comparable to about 275,000 videos being streamed on YouTube or 50 million images being sent via Snapchat.

The average 4G customer used approximately 81MB of data, which is the equivalent of uploading 326 photos to Facebook.

Virgin Media has also estimated that the number of customers who sent WhatsApp messages to friends and family at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Day could be around one million.

Around 98,000MB of data is believed to have been sent by 4G as Virgin Media customers turned to their phones to see in the new year.

The company has calculated that the average user will have sent five pictures via Snapchat or Facebook to welcome in 2017, or tweet 129 new year messages.

This comes after Virgin Media fared particularly well in Ofcom's latest customer complaints figures.

The average for the broadband industry was 20 complaints for every 100,000 customers, but Virgin Media was the subject of just 11 complaints per 100,000 people, making it one of the best performers in the sector overall.

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