Virgin Media will begin the roll out of a 100Mbps broadband service, the fastest commercial product available in the UK, by the end of 2010.
Virgin’s 100Mbps broadband service
Virgin claims the launch of their 100Mbps service means Virgin Media customers will be the first to get speeds more than 24 times the average speed provided by other internet service providers (ISPs). It says the new speed tier is designed for tech-savvy users who want the very best the internet has to offer.
The 100Mbps service will allow users to download a music album in as little as 5 seconds, an hour long tv show in 31 seconds and an HD movie and 7 minutes 25 seconds, according to Virgin.
It claims this is significantly faster than the time it would take a person using a 24Mb speed, the fastest speed currently on offer from its competitors, where a music album could be downloaded on average in 1 minute 15 seconds, an hour long tv show in 7 minutes 18 seconds and an HD movie in 1 hour 44 minutes.
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Faster broadband speeds from Virgin Media
Virgin says their fibre optic cable network has brought next generation internet speeds to 12.6 million homes throughout the country and is the only mass-market provider of ultrafast speeds in the UK. Virgin Media’s chief executive officer, Neil Berkett said ‘The launch of Virgin Media’s 100Mbps service will be a historic moment and will mean the UK will be comparable to other leading broadband nations’.
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Virgin extends 200Mbps pilot broadband service
Virgin Media has announced it will extend its 200Mbps broadband pilot to Coventry where it will look to recruit hundreds of customers to test the internet with this speed. The pilot which began in May 2009 in Kent has been focusing on future technologies and applications, such as downloading HD programmes on demand, which are likely to require fast speeds.
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