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Virgin Media brings up to 50 Mbps service back to the table

After a few years where older slower products were retired as new services with ever higher headline speeds appeared Virgin Media has today re-launched its up to 50 Mbps service under the title Vivid 50 fibre broadband.

The service is available on a 12 month contract at £26/m with the price rising £32.25 thereafter, and is a broadband only option, i.e. not TV or telephone service (£20 activation fee applies, but if premises needs an engineer visit to install the cable network (coax or fibre) for the first time an additional engineer fee will apply). The 30 day rolling contract option available on the 100/200/300 products does not appear to be available currently. Upload speeds are expected to be up to 3 Mbps.

A dual service package of broadband and phone line is available on a 12 month contract again, £20 activation and £29/m for 12 months then £40/m thereafter. Package includes free weekend calls to UK landlines, 0870 numbers and Virgin Media mobile numbers. 

The £26/m price clearly pitches the service in a head to head battle with firms like Plusnet and TalkTalk who are fighting it out in the superfast 'fibre' broadband price wars and in theory if the network in an area is up to the task the up to 50 Mbps should be good for streaming Ultra HD, so might be a better bet than for those where VDSL2/FTTC would be slow, Though in most urban areas the cabinet density for FTTC/VDSL2 is such that almost everyone gets good superfast speeds (of course those still stuck with exchange only lines will find the cable speeds a lot better than ADSL2+ but one would have expected to have already upgraded).

One other reason for the re-launch may be that with a move to median speeds or a range of speeds i.e. 20th to 80th percentile Virgin Media are expecting the up to 50 Mbps service to still be sold at the 50 Mbps figure, the joy of a fixed connection speed technology whereas VDSL2/FTTC services may see advertised speeds drop. The key will be whether adverts have to include peak time performance or not and how granular that has to be e.g. TV adverts national average and billboards and local newspaper adverts to feature more localised figures.

Comments

Good in some places, useless in others - it all depends on the local user demographic (torrenting/streaming/gaming students or normal/old people). It's an unsurpring shame to see them be so wooly about important things such as upload speed and traffic management.

  • pmds25
  • 10 months ago

I am on Virgin 70 Mbps and download speeds are pretty consistent, but still suffer some problems when streaming with Netflix at times But still find it hard to reconcile the poor upload speeds which are higher on many rivals

  • MikeStatistics
  • 10 months ago

Netflix should be being served from a CDN on the Virgin Media network so if download speeds are real and consistent and well above speeds needed for streaming it hints at CDN issues, or a part of the core network is congesting badly.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 10 months ago

Something is not right price on virgin site:
12 months contract:
VIVID 50 broadband
£26 a month
for 12 months
£20.00 activation fee
12 month contract
No Virgin Phone line
VIVID 100 broadband
£32.25 a month
for 12 months
£20.00 activation fee
12 month contract
No Virgin Phone line

  • adslmax
  • 10 months ago

1 Month contract:
VIVID 50 broadband
£32.25 a month
on a 30 day
rolling contract
£65.00 upfront fee
No Virgin Phone line
VIVID 100 broadband
£32.25 a month
on a 30 day
rolling contract
£65.00 upfront fee
No Virgin Phone line
Why is 50 Meg with one month contract is the same price as 100 Meg with one month contract with both are the same one off activation fee of £65.00 upfront fee?

  • adslmax
  • 10 months ago

adslmax, the standard (non-offer) pricing for VIVID 50 is the same as that for VIVID 100. All of the 30-day contracts are simply the normal services with a higher upfront fee and the non-offer monthly rate. Hence why they're the same.

  • pmds25
  • 10 months ago

https://s22.postimg.org/lpjlzzt1t/Virgin_Media_Broadband_Stand_Alone.jpg

  • adslmax
  • 10 months ago

@adslmax - Virgin aren't really interested in Internet only deals, they make more out of you if have bundles.

It's a short term deal with a reasonable entry price rising (probably twice yearly) to something silly.

  • Kebabselector
  • 10 months ago

1 Month contract:
VIVID 50 broadband
£32.25 a month -> should be £26.00 a month
on a 30 day
rolling contract
£65.00 upfront fee
No Virgin Phone line

  • adslmax
  • 10 months ago

I wish they would bring their service here, so I can get rid of bloated toad rubbish.

  • zyborg47
  • 10 months ago

I think Virgin Media should really looking at upgrading their networks that causing so many issues with over-utilisation in areas rather bringing out new packages on their already over stretched network

  • ToxicSmoggie78
  • 9 months ago

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