Be a V.VIP with Virgin Media and enjoy 500 Mbps broadband
If you feel you are not just a VIP but a V.VIP then just maybe the Virgin Media V.VIP Bundle which is touted as the best of everything may be for you.
The new TV, phone and broadband bundle is currently the only way to get a 500 Mbps (average download speeds of 516 Mbps, upload 35 Mbps) broadband service from the cable operator and includes TV channels such as Sky Sports HD, Sky Cinema HD, Kids Pick and BT Sport in 4K Ultra HD. The monthly cost during the 12 month minimum term is £99/m with the price rising to £139/m thereafter and a £25 setup fee applies.
This replaces the old VIP bundle and carries a £10/m premium on the old out of contract price, but with the new top speed only available in a bundle it may dissuade the few who feel they always have to have the fastest broadband available in the area.
One interesting observation is that the four TV bundles now on the Virgin Media site have two on a basic 54 Mbps service, one with 108 Mbps speeds and then the big jump to 516 Mbps and with the Full House bundle bundle being almost half the price for the first 12 months at £59/m it is clear where all the sales will be. The Full House bundle often appears with a double speed offer, i.e. 216 Mbps, some of these sales are just 24 or 48 hours long.
In terms of technology the service is based around the existing DOCSIS 3.0 platform and with the bundle pricing the chances of two people using the service on the same cabinet looks very low, thus giving plenty of time for the DOCSIS 3.1 roll-out to offer a larger amount of headroom. The DOCSIS 3.1 roll-out is going to be two cities first, and is going to confuse things when a partial fibre service is delivering full fibre type speeds.
No 500 Mbps speed tests are showing up for Virgin Media in April yet, but the service has only just launched the 35 Mbps upload speeds are pretty common now and with speeds like this 760 Mbps down and 723 up service from a Virgin Media business connection the speed test should spot the new 500 Mbps customers when they appear.