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Virgin Media 100Mbps service goes live

Virgin Media has taken its 100Mbps service live now in four parts of the country, the lucky areas are:

  • Heckmondwike
  • Farnborough
  • Colchester
  • Barry, South Wales

The roll-out will continue across the Virgin Media cable network during 2011 with completion set for 2012, at which point almost half the UK will have the option for a 100Meg service at a reasonable price point. The 10Meg upstream speed is respectable, and given powerful enough video encoding solutions would allow someone at home to transmit video at current HD TV levels.

The 100Mbps product costs £45 a month on its own, or if take a phone line from Virgin Media it reduces to £35 a month (remember that the phone line costs £12.24. As with most monthly billed services these days, these lowest prices assume you pay by Direct Debit and use online billing. The service is subject to traffic management (as detailed on the Virgin Media website) that may see file sharing services slowed down between 4pm to 9pm and 10am to 3pm, examples of what Virgin Media define as file sharing is 'Limewire, Gnutella, BitTorrent and Newsgroup (Usenet) traffic'.

While take-up of the previous fastest product which was the 50Mbps service, was not as high as the lower speed services, now it can be had for £25 a month we would expect more people to start buying it.

Comments

What's the "fair use" allowance I wonder ?

  • shaunhw
  • over 6 years ago

Shaun, Virgin will not tell u, i had this out with them on their 50mb after they claimed i had downloaded 230GB in 31 days at a rate of 30gb a day for 31days which makes 930GB and refused point blank to look at the rediculous figures again and go through them.

  • Jimkirk363
  • over 6 years ago

VM's direction is making BT based FTTC all the more appealing, may be only 40/10 but at least it's unmanned and unlimited.

  • otester
  • over 6 years ago

Unmanaged*

  • otester
  • over 6 years ago

Well sort of.. I think its 300Gb a month for Infinitys top package?

  • GMAN99
  • over 6 years ago

I think what upsets virgin is uploads ..i think they reduce upstream to 1.75 from 5 meg ..but upstream has just been up'd from 1.5 meg ..internet security get involved if your upstreaming more than you downloading ..downstream is not traffic managed

  • 2doorsbob
  • over 6 years ago

Remember folk that BT Infinity is just the BT Retail offering of the Openreach product. BT Retail has the 300GB FUP and traffic management.

Most other providers have firm usage caps.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 6 years ago

Sure, and for me 300Gb a month sounds fair play especially at that price.

  • GMAN99
  • over 6 years ago

Notice I said 'BT based FTTC' not 'BT FTTC'

  • otester
  • over 6 years ago

Unlimited/unmanaged is available for a price.

  • otester
  • over 6 years ago

I missed that otester :)

  • GMAN99
  • over 6 years ago

From where and from whom?

  • ElBobbo
  • over 6 years ago

@ElBobbo

Well there's quite a few, checkout Ispreview top 10 list, most of them do it, I'd personally go with IDNet as the service is excellant.

  • otester
  • over 6 years ago

IDNet want 90 quid a month for unmetered service, not really viable for most especially given most don't want to download the Internet.

  • Dixinormous
  • over 6 years ago

@Dixinormous

Well why would you get a package not tailored to your needs any ways?

  • otester
  • over 6 years ago

Also remember the money saved by not having Cable TV/Satellite TV.

  • otester
  • over 6 years ago

~£90 isn't bad for an unmetered 40 mbit, if you get anywhere near 40mbit and it isn't contended to hell. Unmetered is not uncontended or dedicated.

  • ElBobbo
  • over 6 years ago

@ElBobbo

All of IDNet's business FTTC products have Maximum Throughput Guarantee's...

"We guarantee no contention on our network, no throttling, no traffic shaping & no port blocking. No contention on our network is achieved by not oversubscribing our broadband services and ensuring that bandwidth investment exceeds customer demand. This means that we can guarantee the maximum throughput that your line can support at all times."

You will only get contention if you go with bad ISP's. Same applies to the ADSL1/2+ markets.

  • otester
  • over 6 years ago

Unfortunately, the price of transit is still sufficiently expensive to put their claims in question.
Assuming they're going with a decent supplier, they're probably in the £3/megabit range. That works out to £120 just for the transit for a single FTTC customer.
I think that they can legitimately state that you can use the maximum throughput if they keep a healthy margin above their peak usage, but there's no way they've got dedicated transit for all of their customers.

  • ElBobbo
  • over 6 years ago

Note that they said "that bandwidth investment exceeds customer demand" which is not the same as "no contention on our network". Contention is normal - and to an extent - reasonable.

  • ElBobbo
  • over 6 years ago

@ElBobbo

As long as I got 40Mbps 24/7, it wouldn't bother me.

  • otester
  • over 6 years ago

Like I said, not bad if you can get 40mbits 24/7.

  • ElBobbo
  • over 6 years ago

50 meg deal is good i think i will consider it for sure i steam internet tv and a heavy program software down-loader i would relish this speed so this would be great for me.

  • brianzion
  • over 6 years ago

brianzon - I'd consider alternatives if you're a very heavy downloader. VM's cracking down on a lot of heavy users on the 50Mbit product; 250GB/month or more.

  • ElBobbo
  • over 6 years ago

Depending on your financial status, go LLU or FTTC (not BT Retail).

  • otester
  • over 6 years ago

250gb per month isn't a great deal on the 50mbit product - or at least it isn't if you considder that at peak throughput 50mbit(per sec) /8 =6.25mbyte (per sec) = 375mb/min = 22.5gb/hour = ~11hrs 15mins.

Okay, so that's at maximum theoretical throughput, but with all the overheads, it's reasonable to say that flat out, 250gb could be easily achieved within 24hrs.

What happens if you hit/exceed 250gb per month?

  • andypyne
  • over 6 years ago

sorry should have elaborated - 250gb ~11hrs 15mins.

Again, to stress, that's at peak theoretical throughput, nit taking into account overheads, packet loss, line speed variance etc...

  • andypyne
  • over 6 years ago

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