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Virgin Media launches 152Mb top speed broadband

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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