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Virgin Media announces super speedy 152Mb broadband coming early 2014

Sam Loveridge


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Virgin Media has announced it will be launching 152Mb top speed broadband early next year, which will be “twice as fast as anyone else”.

The new Virgin Media broadband will be twice as fast as “any other widely available service”, so claims Virgin Media, and will have speeds “far beyond BT.”

Arriving via Virgin Media’s fibre optic cable network, it will be available at 12.5 million homes across the country.

Existing Virgin Media customers can expect speeds double that of current, with the company pledging to increase speeds by at least 20Mb.

The top speed 152Mb broadband will mean you could download an HD movie in under 4 minutes, or an entire music album in four seconds.

“As people connect more things simultaneously to the internet more often, they need powerful broadband with the bandwidth to deliver a great experience for everyone in the home. That connection is what we deliver with our unrivalled network”, said Tom Mockridge, Virgin Media’s CEO. “We are boosting speeds again and ensuring our customers can get even more value from their Virgin Media subscription.”

Virgin Media is increasing its broadband speeds due to dramatic increases in internet traffic. In the past year, Virgin Media customers’ internet traffic at peak times has grown 55 per cent.

Downloads accumulated by Virgin customers is also 50 per cent higher than the national average and has increased by a third in the past year.

“Our top speed will be twice as fast as BT and all the other reliant on their old copper telephony infrastructure as we extend our lead as Britain’s ultrafast broadband provider.”

Virgin Media has started writing to its customers to let them know what the new broadband speeds mean to their existing contracts.

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November 11, 2013, 4:12 pm

when? 120Mb isn't enough!

Prem Desai

November 11, 2013, 5:30 pm

Nonsense numbers game.

I have just swapped my 120Mb virgin line for a 67Mb BT Infinity line.

Sure the broadband speed check says Virgin is quicker because they have opened that port. For everyday browsing and downloading, the BT line is noticeably faster.

Virgin applied traffic shaping/management quietly to my account even though when I had signed up, it was meant to be full speed.

Bye virgin.


November 12, 2013, 7:53 am

Totally agree with Prem Desai, Virgins 'Traffic Management' is pathetic. The only time when its not 'managed' is when I'm at work or when I'm in bed; of what use is that? I pay top dollar and over the last 8 years and more I've become slowly unimpressed with Virgin. Unfortunately, for me, BT won't turn on Infinity until there is a 'critical mass' of people showing interest; even worse for me, I live a stones throw from the central communications hub in Mirfield - what a stinker!!!!

Antony Scott

November 14, 2013, 12:29 pm

I got rid of Virgin about a year ago. I did have a tough time getting BT connected (multiple engineer visits), but it was well worth the hassle. Everything seems quicker with BT even though I "only" get 70/10. I used to have a 100/10 from VM, but this just feels quicker for everything I do. It's also far more reliable. I would regularly get drop outs with VM, but haven't had a single drop out in a year with BT. I really don't see the point of VM increasing the speed if it's just unreliable, they should be spending money on improving the reliability of their network not boosting speeds.


December 15, 2013, 5:54 am

seems fine here. over 42 Days uptime, probably just your area. congestion etc

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