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#16 monkey13

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 10:33

Upload upgrades usually come a while after download ones (at least they have in the past). I think the 100Mb has 10Mb upload. Not sure about the others.


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Posted 11 January 2012 - 10:37

I wish they'd invest a little in expansion, we still can't get cable in our area!

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 10:45

That has just jogged my memory. I remember when BT infinity was launched and they referred to it as "Britain's first high speed fibre optic network" for a few days. Until someone must have pointed out that cable had been around for about 12 years.

technically virgin isn't fibre optic, its cable. Fibre optic can handle 100gb/s as far as i'm aware, cable can handle around 1.5gbps in trials that are being carried out. Fibre optic doesn't suffer from interference either.

Virgin's cable is still great though :)

I wish they'd invest a little in expansion, we still can't get cable in our area!


digging up roads, getting permission from councils and laying cable costs alot more money than upgrading network gear in exchanges and cabinets.

Virgin said it will cost £110m, that is hardly anything to upgrade the whole of the uk customers in 18 months.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 10:45

I just re-checked my possible speed from Virgin: 0.0 mbps / 2.2 mbps. I get 3.1 mbps from Sky at the moment.

I had 20 mbit when I lived in Norway, I miss real internet :(

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 10:49

technically virgin isn't fibre optic, its cable. Fibre optic can handle 100gb/s as far as i'm aware, cable can handle around 1.5gbps in trials that are being carried out. Fibre optic doesn't suffer from interference either.

Virgin's cable is still great though :)


Oh dear http://shop.virginme...-explained.html

And from the VM wiki page

Virgin Media owns and operates its own fibre-optic cable network, the only national cable network in the United Kingdom


It is only a copper cable once it comes into your house.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 10:51

As an existing 100mbit customer, I feel kinda cheated by this. I now wish I had stayed on 50mbit to save myself the extra £10/month it's costing me.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 10:54

Oh dear http://shop.virginme...-explained.html

And from the VM wiki page



It is only a copper cable once it comes into your house.


exactly!

Although it looks as though virgin may be offering their tv, broadband and maybe phone for customers that can get bt infinity. they had a questionnaire on their site last year asking customer if that is something they wanted. This would bring virgin tv to millions more customers.

As an existing 100mbit customer, I feel kinda cheated by this. I now wish I had stayed on 50mbit to save myself the extra £10/month it's costing me.


speeds will always increase, you can't complain that others will get your speed in 1-19 months for a lower price. Why not drop down to 100mb tier when you get upgraded to 120mb and save yourself some ££ ? I'm going to drop down to L 20mb from XL 20mb when i get the free upgrade to 60mb as i need lower bills more than faster broadband.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 10:55

I just re-checked my possible speed from Virgin: 0.0 mbps / 2.2 mbps. I get 3.1 mbps from Sky at the moment.

I had 20 mbit when I lived in Norway, I miss real internet :(

Is that using Virgin's Cable or ADSL option?



It is only a copper cable once it comes into your house.

It's a Coaxial cable coming into ours, rather than twisted pair.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 10:56

Think Broadband have the low down on all the new Upload speeds here is their info:

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 10:59

Upload upgrades usually come a while after download ones (at least they have in the past). I think the 100Mb has 10Mb upload. Not sure about the others.


Hmm.

Not worth £35 p/m for me.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 11:06

exactly!


I am not sure of the point you are making. Almost all domestic fibre networks that I am aware of work this way. BT Infinity certainly does.

It's a Coaxial cable coming into ours, rather than twisted pair.


Same with me Coax as well. Still copper though. ;)

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 11:39

I can't wait for my Aussie NBN deployment that will give me 1000Mbps to beat out all you poms! I only have to wait 10-20 years for it to get to my exchange, but it might happen!

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 11:44

I am not sure of the point you are making. Almost all domestic fibre networks that I am aware of work this way. BT Infinity certainly does.


most of their customers yes, but those that have Fibre to the premesis can get 100mb bt infinity, much faster than the 40mb they currently offer which will be doubled to 80mb soon. The 100mb will be upgraded to 300mb this year btw.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 11:50

This is not news, just a PR stunt to remind everyone they're STILL doing the upgrades which they've announced more than twice in the last 6 months.
I was originally told my 50Mbps service would be 100 before the end of 2011, now it looks like Feb 2012

Still, I can't complain, I get a constant 48Mbps and 1.4Mbps upload, so double those and I'm even happier.
Even better that the upload goes to 5Mbps, but has bandwidth throttling at peak times (upload only) which is new to XXL customers.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 11:55

wow, i'm sooo jealous right now :( I'm only on a 4mb package