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Virgin Media 100Meg service arriving in more places
Tuesday 25 January 2011 11:16:18 by Andrew Ferguson

Virgin Media has announced that its flagship 100Mbps cable broadband product is available to another 150,000 homes in the UK, bringing the coverage to 350,000 homes. The new areas are:

  • Cheshunt, Hertfordshire
  • Hatfield, Hertfordshire
  • Pentwyn, Cardiff, Wales
  • Southport, Merseyside
  • Treforest, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales

At £35 a month as part of a bundle, or £45 a month on its own, then the 100Mbps service is not the cheapest, but it is cheaper than broadband was in 2000 and is 200 times faster. The 10Mbps upstream also means that people who have embraced vlogging (video blogging) can upload material at a decent speed.

The roll-out will of course continue until the all homes passed by the Virgin Media cable network have this service option. Virgin Media emphasised in its press release that they are looking at using telegraph poles or electricity infrastructure to deploy high speed networks and is evaluating opportunities that may see more towns and villages connected to its next generation network.

The previously announced areas were Heckmondwike, Farnborough, Colchester and Barry in South Wales.


Posted by AspieMum over 6 years ago
I'd just like to be able to get in the region of 8 to 10MBs without it costing a fortune (because faster than 1.5MBs appears to require fibre) or me needing to move nextdoor to the exchange. Is 1.9 miles really a long way away? If it is we need better wiring or more exchanges because many of us our best hope of a half way decent broadband speed is we get selected for availability of expensive fibre broadband (which we may not be able to afford) such as Virgin Media's.
Posted by cyberdoyle over 6 years ago
wow, I am gonna get my aunty in southport on this asap. She currently only has a sub half meg connection with adsl in new build flats. go virgin.
Posted by herdwick over 6 years ago
1.9 miles or 3.2km should get a lot more than 1.5M if that's the cable length - try asking for help in the forums.
Posted by herdwick over 6 years ago
@cd but is there VM cable in the flats ?
Posted by themanstan over 6 years ago
Best to check her postcode against the VM checker... lots of Southport is not cabled up.
Posted by NilSatisOptimum over 6 years ago
I'm just waiting for the final third non profit,simpleton and boring post. yawn yawn.
Posted by rayvon over 6 years ago
I would like to be able to get above 2.5mb,no cable,no date for fttc in my exchange..I'm on a long line with O2 LLU,was only getting 1.5mb with BT..100mb,its what dreams are made of(mine at least)lol
Posted by otester over 6 years ago

At 2.85 miles I get 4.5Mbps on a bad day, but you will need LLU + hacked router for that.

Also if you want better products then work harder, it's just like being a dustbin man and complaining you can't afford a Ferrari.
Posted by Dixinormous over 6 years ago
Given that areas will be waiting until March 2012 for either this or the upstream upgrade I'm not that bothered. They're just catching low hanging fruit, easy stuff first, when they get some serious work done I'll get excited.
Posted by NilSatisOptimum over 6 years ago
re @AspieMum,

What does, "working" hard and "Ferrari", have to do with cable and Fttc exchanges. Next you will be advising to work in banking sector!!!!

re Dixinormous, you are right who gives flying rat.

Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 6 years ago
1.9 miles, 3.5km of cable between me and exchange and on ADSL get 5Mbps and on ADSL2+ 7Meg. So not need to be next door to exchange to get above average speeds.

This is a village exchange with under 3000 lines.

On upstream, standard IPStream will offer 832Kbps upstream, just not many reasonably priced services offering it.
Posted by farrina over 6 years ago
My experience of the 50 meg service in Liverpool (L25) is that I receive the full 5meg upload (less overheads) but nothing like 50meg download which typically averages about 12meg.

As regards the proposed 100meg it will be interesting to see if a similar pattern emerges.

There is of course Virgin's traffic management to consider which typically classifies you as a naughty bandwidth hog as soon as you actually start to use the capacity that you are paying for.
Posted by AndrueC over 6 years ago
Very impressive. Just a shame they can't/won't extend coverage. I'd have thought they could pick up more customers by making their lower tier services available to a wider audience.

It doesn't bode well really if they'd rather chase the minority who want high speed services.
Posted by otester over 6 years ago

So you want everyone else to fund your needs that you can't afford because you didn't work hard enough in life?

And the banking sector isn't the only one that pays well.


Is that over wireless?
Posted by farrina over 6 years ago

No that is over gigabit ethernet from my Draytek 2920 router which is connected to Virgin modem via a gigabit WAN port.

Posted by otester over 6 years ago

VM doesn't traffic shape the 50Mb package (except 5Mb upload upgrade).

Firstly, what is your PC spec.

Secondly, have you tried connecting directly to the modem.

Thirdy, tried getting VM out?
Posted by farrina over 6 years ago

1 Noted
2 PC spec is bang up to date with i7 quad and gigabit NIC
3 no

I have occasionally downloaded at 50 meg, but is rare.
Posted by eastanglian over 6 years ago
This is amazingly frustrating! Treforest with it's Virgin cable network end less than 1/2 mile from my house which is in Pontypridd proper.

When NTL originally rolled out the network they got as far as the suburbs and then stopped.
Posted by chrysalis over 6 years ago
There is a marked increase on VM's official forums of pcongestion related complaints, it appears VM are heading the pile em high route, so intricude shaping and jack up burst speeds but also increase contention ratio. They are deliberatly rolling out to light areas first and over budgeting in early areas so early stages of the rollout get good feedback.
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