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Virgin Media launches 152Mb top speed broadband

Sam Loveridge


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Virgin Media has launched a new ultrafast broadband service, which can offer top speeds up to 152Mb.

The new broadband speeds are 19 times faster than what Virgin Media calls “regular broadband”, and is faster than the broadband speeds offered by its competitors.

The top speed 152Mb connection will be available to those who already have the 120Mb Virgin Media broadband.

Virgin Media is also boosting its entry-level 30Mb fibre optic broadband to 50Mb, with existing 30Mb customers’ speed to be boosted to 50Mb, 60Mb or 100Mb over the next 12-months.

“Overwhelmingly people tell us the internet is force for good,” said Tom Mockridge, Virgin Media CEO. “From daily life to the bigger aspects of society, culture and economic growth, digital is making a significant, positive difference to people’s lives. We’re supercharging our incredible network to ensure that Virgin Media customers can make the most of the online world”.

Virgin Media has seen its customers’ peak internet use grow by 55 per cent over the past year, which has spurred the company to introduce the faster broadband speeds.

“Faster, safer home internet is great news for families across the UK,” said Maria Miller, Culture Secretary. “Families are now downloading films, streaming music and playing games through phones, laptops, tablets and consoles. Higher speeds will enable the whole family to use the internet at the same time.”

The broadband provider has also introduced new parental controls with Web Safe, which allows you to restrict access to types of potentially age-inappropriate content.

There’s also a new accompanying Switched on Families interactive guide to support parental figures in making informed internet choices.

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Prem Desai

February 28, 2014, 2:02 pm

Virgin still playing their silly numbers game.

They don't mention their highly intrusive traffic shaping policy.

I recently ditched my Vigin 120Mb broadband fot BT Infinity 2 running at a mere 69Mbps.

I had both for 2 months to compare. The BT connection was visibly faster than Virgin - without running any benchmarks!!

No doubt when doing a broadband speed check, Virgin is faster, but they haven't implemented and traffic shaping on that port.

Shame on Virgin.

I really hope people don't fall for this numbers nonsense. Find an ISP who doesn't use traffic shaping or guarantees a minimum throughput.

Brian O'Neill

February 28, 2014, 4:21 pm

I have a 60meg line with virgin but at peak times it can be a dog. I would much rather have the option to buy a low contention service from virgin.


March 2, 2014, 11:12 am

Avoid Virgin if you Skype video call, FaceTime, youtube, download files, or video streaming. They are the worst offenders for shaping traffic in this day and age! Avoid at all cost


March 2, 2014, 5:32 pm

Just ditched supposed 60mb virgin broadband for 38mb Sky fibre. All my connections are wireless. Much better signal via Sky (Better hardware?) and more importantly consistently higher speed without the constant lagging games and losing signal.
As someone else has posted, don`t be sucked in by the headline speed. Quality of service and actual download/upload speeds over wifi are what really matter.
Forgot to mention, got a brand new phone line installed for free too.


May 1, 2014, 9:48 am

Maybe I'm completely missing the logic of the people commenting below... 1) Virgins super hub supports 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz wireless networks. 5Ghz wireless can be slightly worse for range on wireless (although uses a much unused frequency) as it has a shorter frequency but faster speeds can be reached. Also, if anybody is judging how good an internet connection is by running speed tests over wireless then you're insane, 2.4Ghz can be used on Virgin Superhubs as standard as is recommended for older equipment. Run speed tests using cable from the Router and you'll get a better result, you're blaming Virgin for wireless not being wired enough? 2) Shaping of traffic, if you use high resource programs that use over 2 Gig an hour, hogging the network and downloading massive amounts of data (3Gig in a 2 hour period) you will have your speed reduced. Why is this such a big problem? As per your example, if Skype was being used in full HD, you can consume 1gb usage over a recommended 1.5Mbs broadband speed. So, please explain how even if Virgin did enforce traffic management would it make any difference to the user? (They would never reach the 3gb limit in 2 hours and if speed was reduced by half then even 25Mps broadband would support Skype with no issues). 3) Interesting, didn't realise Virgin and BT did a 2 month contract... strange that you managed to check it at the same house and not have to have 2x 12 month contracts, they must have done it just for you. 4) Remind me, which port is used for speed tests? Would it be 445? That's the same port used for many Virus back door attempts, again strange that Virgin would leave their whole network open for attack on port 445 just to make speed tests that little bit faster even though within minutes there whole network could be brought down by Viruses taking over the network, yh very logical (http://www.speedguide.net/p......

Ive used Virgin for over 10 years and the broadband has always been fantastic, if ever a problem theyve come out within 2 days to resolve it. I now get around 125Mps on 5Ghz wireless and I'm over the moon with that. My PC upstairs is wired through powerline adaptors and gets around 140-145 which again is more than acceptable through power cables, whats the problem here?

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