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Virgin Media’s base broadband plan now quicker than rivals’ top speeds


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Virgin Media has announced that 100Mbps downloads are now available as standard to all of its broadband customers.

The new entry-level plan doubles the previous 50Mbps base tariff. However, the real news is that Virgin’s entry-level plan is now faster than the top speeds those promised by BT, Sky and TalkTalk, all of which max out at 76Mbps.

In more good news for Virgin subscribers, the VIVID 300 plan, which offers top speeds of 300Mbps, is now to available to all customers in areas where the tech has been rolled out.

Surprisingly, Virgin is also making things a little cheaper too (via The Inquirer)

The VIVID 100 plan has been dropped by £5 to £32.25 a month, with a 12-month contract. The VIVID 200 plan is £37.25 (down £8) and the VIVID 300 is now £47.25.

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The company also has a gamer-specific 200Mbps plan with a 20Mbps upload speed that’s £42.25 per month.

Savings can be made by bundling with TV service and the new V6 box, which can handle 4K HDR content.

The move comes after BT Openreach announced plans to speed up its overhaul of the national network with G Fast technology, offering up to 330Mbps. The company wants G Fast, which will also be available to Sky and TalkTalk, to connect 10m homes by 2020.

Earlier this month BT confirmed that Openreach, which owns much of the UK’s phone broadband infrastructure would split into a different company.

Will today's news prompt you to switch providers? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Prem Desai

March 22, 2017, 8:18 pm

Meaningless article: it is ASSuming that 100Mbps means just that.

That's just not true with Virgin.

Their advertised speed is only available for speed tests because that port is unrestricted. Everything else is throttled.


March 22, 2017, 10:49 pm

Nice to see and hear from you, Prem.

What you say is probably correct but though not the headline, the article went on to update the progress that operators are now making in getting these services to us, assuming they're affordable.
Readers in The Orkneys may also be cheered a little : - )


March 22, 2017, 11:35 pm

Is that the case? I thought it was simply that most sites don't serve at 100Mbps. You would only get the 100Mbps if you had several users in the household simultaneously pulling data down from various different sites. That said, I often can't stream HD video cleanly from various normal websites, but how would I know whether it's the site's server that is the bottleneck, or VM?


March 24, 2017, 1:04 pm

Over Utilized **** in my area speeds drop to below 10mbits

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