43,000 new broadband customers at Virgin Media
With some 56% of Virgin Media customers (2.5 million) on a 50 Mbps or faster package Virgin Media is always keen to sell on download speeds and this appeal means the operator has added 43,000 new cable broadband connections in the last quarter (Liberty Global News). The old Virgin National ADSL network is still around but shrinking at just 97,000 customers left.
While Virgin Media makes great stock of its speed lead, we are seeing the speeds for Virgin Media customers drop after a peak earlier in the summer, it may be that the return of students to university is leading to new heights of usage on the network, but they are still the fastest of the major broadband providers, but if operators like CityFibre (via retailers Sky and TalkTalk) and Hyperoptic continue their expansion plans DOCSIS based services may find others claiming the speed crown in their advertising. As things stand now FTTC based services from Openreach are demonstrating a higher upload performance, which for home workers and those uploading to cloud storage services is becoming more important.