Virgin Media is once again upping the maximum broadband speed it offers, bringing the fastest speed available in the UK up to a blistering 350Mbps.
What’s more, if you already pay for the company’s 300Mbps then Virgin will upgrade you to 350Mbps for no extra charge.
Of course, the standard disclaimers around broadband speeds still apply in that your actual speed will vary depending on your location on Virgin Media’s network, but Virgin’s site advertises that customers on the Vivid 350 plan get an average speed of 330Mbps during peak hours, which is nothing to be sniffed at.
For comparison, the fastest speed currently available elsewhere through BT’s OpenReach network is around 100Mbps, while the average internet speed in the country sits at just 44Mbps.
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A need for speed?
So what could you possibly need 350Mbps internet for? Well, in an era where many game downloads are now clocking in at over 50GB, being able to download all that data without having to leave your PC or console on overnight can be a struggle, and is particularly annoying if you want to jump into the action as quickly as possible.
Virgin advertises that 350Mbps should let you download a 25GB game in just 10 minutes, which by our calculations means that downloading Halo 5‘s massive 100GB Xbox One X 4K patch should be possible in under an hour (although we’d imagine at a certain point the bottleneck will start becoming Microsoft’s own servers rather than your home internet).
But the real benefits are likely to come when you have multiple people in the house all clamouring for internet simultaneously, meaning that 4K Netflix streams, game downloads and music streaming should be able to peacefully co-exist, even at peak times.
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