Virgin Media confirms 100Mbps broadband launchVirgin announces availability of superfast service

27 October 2010

Virgin Media SuperHub modem

Virgin Media's SuperHub modem will come with the new 100Mbps service

Virgin Media has confirmed further details on its new 100Mbps broadband service. It will go on sale from December and once complete will be available to over half the homes in the UK. 

It claims the service, originally announced in February, will give customers nearly 20 times the average broadband speed in the UK. Customers who are interested can pre-register for the service from today on the Virgin website.

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Virgin 100Mpbs broadband 

The service will cost £45 a month as a standalone service or £35 a month when taken with a Virgin Media phone line at an additional £11.99 a month. There is an activation cost of £30 and an installation cost of £40 which will also apply.

Virgin Media claims the service will allow users to download an entire album of music in as little as five seconds, a TV show in 30 seconds or a high definition movie in around seven minutes. It provides upload speeds of 10Mbps and comes with a new wireless 'N' router which it says has the potential to deliver speeds of up to 400Mbps as new services roll out in the future. 

Which? broadband expert Ceri Stanaway says: 'Virgin's fibre broadband services did well in the latest Ofcom speed tests. We look forward to seeing whether Virgin's new 100Mbps service will live up to its promises.'

Other options for superfast speeds

Virgin Media isn't the only option for those who are interested in superfast broadband. BT plans to extend its fibre network to provide broadband speeds of either 40Mbps or 100Mbps to two-thirds of UK homes by 2015. Earlier this month Ofcom also announced that BT will be required to open its fibre broadband network to rivals such as Sky and TalkTalk.

When you are choosing your broadband provider it's important to consider value for money, customer service and connection reliability as well as speed. Find out how Which? members rated the top broadband providers for each in the Which? broadband review. 

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