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Virgin Media 100 Mbps service passes ten million homes

Eleven months ago Virgin Media had its 100 Mbps service available to only one million of the homes its network passes, this figure has now increased to ten million. The roll-out is also on course to complete this Spring, rather than as previously expected in the Summer of 2012. The latest parts of the UK to get access to the service are Bromley, Dundee, Norton Hawkfield and Staverton.

The completion of the roll-out is significant as it will mean 100 Mbps is available to half of UK homes, this should improve the UK's standing in the various league tables. Though the fact that the slower and cheaper products are still available and the majority of Virgin Media's customers opt for the cheaper products mean that tables based around speed tests will not accurately reflect what is available.

Virgin Media is not standing still, and the speed upgrades along with network capacity investment announced in January 2012 will help to boost the average speed on their network, and that of the UK.

The various press releases about speed upgrades, and faster fibre options from Openreach could be seen as a broadband war, and at times there does appear to be tit for tat style releases appearing. While two large groups with shareholders are never going to see eye to eye on many things, we hope the drive for headlines will not be at the expense of the quality of service delivered to customers.

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"we hope the drive for headlines will not be at the expense of the quality of service delivered to customers."

Indeed, lets hope a lot of investment goes into the core and oversubscribed UBR's

  • GMAN99
  • over 5 years ago

At least openreach are expanding there network and not just bumping up existing customers speeds to make themselves look good!

  • Borisvon
  • over 5 years ago

So are virgin. The speed upgrades will cost £110M.

  • pcoventry76
  • over 5 years ago

Since 100Mb was released her the peak speeds have dropped yet again and we only just had an upgrade to the UBR to help with this... Back to stage 1 now...

  • tazz_uk
  • over 5 years ago

pcoventry76 they aren't really expanding just upgrading the current network

  • GMAN99
  • over 5 years ago

@Borisvon

VM doesn't have the cash, and over expansion was what nearly caused the downfall of the cable network in the first place.

  • otester
  • over 5 years ago

Branson has the cash tho?

  • GMAN99
  • over 5 years ago

Upgrading must be another massive cost but just to win the speed race there quite happy to foot that bill..

Maybe over expansion was a problem for telewest and others but 15 years later nothing has changed.

Is 100mb really worth £110 million?

  • Borisvon
  • over 5 years ago

100mbit caused issues because no upgrade work was done for it I think. VM upgraded upstream channels for the 10:10 upload changes and then just flicked a switch to activate 100mbit, which is what plagued many areas with existing issues. There is now another upgrade been carried out to support the speed doubling.

  • chrysalis
  • over 5 years ago

Hmmm!!!
"passes ten million homes "
Sounds good, but only if you live in a very high density population!!

  • macbits2000
  • over 5 years ago

'The roll-out is also on course to complete this Spring'... I think not; I live in the Medway towns just down the road from Bromley and as I have mentioned in a previous post, according to VM's website, it doesn't 'star' in my area until July!

  • jupiler
  • over 5 years ago

where did I loss that 't'

  • jupiler
  • over 5 years ago

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