Virgin Media has announced that it will be further expanding its lightning fast 100Mbps broadband by rolling it out to places as diverse as Hertfordshire, Merseyside and Wales.
This latest expansion of the service, which was unveiled last October, will see an additional 150,000 homes getting access to Virgin’s flagship service taking the total number of UK households having access to it to 350,000. The service continues to cost users £35 a month as part of a bundle or £45 a month on its own. In comparison, BT’s flagship Infinity service costs between £18 and £25.60 per month but only boasts speeds up to 40Mbps.
The areas which can now take advantage of the new high speed service will be Cheshunt and Hatfield in Hertfordshire, Pentwyn in Cardiff, Southport in Merseyside and Treforest, Rhondda Cynon Taf, also in Wales. These join the original 200,000 homes in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan; Colchester, Essex; Farnborough, Hampshire; and Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire as the first places in the country to be able to access the next gen broadband service. Virgin Media claim that with the new speeds users can download an album in five seconds, a TV show in 30 seconds and a HD film in only seven minutes.
Virgin are also advertising the benefits of the service in relation to the new wave of connected devices including TVs and Blu-ray players which will also be looking to eat up some bandwidth in the coming years. Virgin has, until now, invested in an underground cable system it has now announced that it is also conducting trials of new methods to deploy high speed networks over telegraph or electricity poles and is exploring potential opportunities to connect more towns and villages to its next generation network.