Virgin Wants 200Mbit Broadband by 2012

Would certainly place it back within our good graces...

BT may suddenly wish to play ball over 100Mbit fibre optic broadband but could this have motivated its change of heart…?

Speaking to Reuters, Virgin has expressed a desire no only to hit 100Mbit by 2012 but to hop, skip and jump past it with up to 200Mbit services during the same time frame. By comparison, according to Ofcom, the current average UK broadband speed is just 4Mbit.

“We are setting ourselves a vision of households using 200Mbit by 2012,” said Virgin CTO Howard Watson. “The current technology that we’re investing in to roll out the 50Mbit over the next 12 months has inherent within it that extra capability… If you take a 20Mbit customer (on to 50Mbit), on day one or two you might see a relatively small increase in usage but by day 60 or 65 they’re using 50Mbit per second quite easily (there is) a lot more video downloading, a lot more online gaming, file sharing and generally a lot more communication with others.”

To achieve this speed burst the cable provider is installing DOCSIS 3.0 transmission technology across its network and freeing capacity by switching off its analogue cable television and moving customers to digital by the end of 2009.

“It is capacity that we have in the network that is reasonably easy to get at, and then (we need to) re-purpose that capacity for more broadband,” continued Watson. “We are trying to build a market here for high speed broadband; that market doesn’t exist yet in the UK, and it’s too early to be looking at over-regulation or wholesaling in that context.”

So Virgin customers, it seems you’re set for 200Mbit connections. 200Mbit heavily managed, BPI partnered, non-net neutral connections…

via Reuters

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