Virgin launches 50 Mbps, 100 Mbps and 200 Mbps products
Virgin Media has launched its new product ranges, with 50 Mbps (5 Mbps upload), 100 Mbps (6 Mbps upload) and 200 Mbps download (12 Mbps upload) speed options, but no indication for potential customers of what the upload speed may be and while for many this may not matter for many it may dissuade people considering a move from what if those campaigning for a full split of Openreach is saying is true is an Openreach network that is falling apart and never gives people superfast speeds. The actual upload speeds are buried away in the traffic management section of the Virgin Media website.
Virgin Media was rumoured to be working on a 300 Mbps tier and we have published speed test results from one of the test areas and are still seeing people with those speeds, and a variety of what looks like upload speed permutations being tested. Our belief is that a further round of speed upgrades may arrive in 2016, likely to coincide with the start of any G.fast roll-out by Openreach, thus ensuring Virgin Media can continue its tag line of 'fastest major broadband provider'.
Update As the comments are showing people receiving an email offering the upgrades but with no stated time scale so to explain why we are talking about 50, 100 and 200 Mbps products. This is because they are what are listed for sale on the Virgin website. For those who do get an upgrade to 70 Mbps download speeds the upload is being listed as 5 Mbps on the Virgin Media website.
The offers from Virgin Media have also had a little tweak with slightly less attractive offers on the triple play bundles, but to encourage people to join on the highest speed tier the VIVID 200 Mbps package is now £14.99 per month for nine months, then £30 per month, plus the usual voice line rental of £16.99 per month. If you don't want a phone line the price is a flat £42.75 per month with no introductory offer.