UK ISP Virgin Media rolls out 100Mb broadband

The UK's sole cable broadband provider, Virgin Media, announced today the start of pre-registration for its 100Mb service, which is to go on sale in December. Ten years ago, Virgin debuted Britain's first broadband service, with a 0.5Mb offering, bringing 'high-speed' access to businesses and consumers around the country. Now, with the advent of high-definition steaming content, and on-demand video, consumers are becoming more and more hungry for greater bandwidth, at cheaper prices. This latest offering is 200 times faster than the first 'high-speed' connections to become available in the country, and twenty times faster than the average UK speed.

The initial response from customers on twitter has been positive. Although a few users report issues with not being able to achieve the advertised upload speed on their current packages, it is not yet known whether the advertised upload speed of 10Mb with the new service will be achievable. The service will be available from £35 per month, if bought in a package, or £45 otherwise. Virgin is well known for its fair usage policy, and capping of heavy users during peak hours. No details of limits have yet been released for this new package.

The roll out is expected to take a year and a half to complete, with the first areas to see availability to be parts of London, the South East, and Yorkshire.

Britain's government is pushing heavily to improve the speed of internet access in the UK, and the Prime Minister, David Cameron, has said, "We want to see super-fast broadband brought to people's homes and businesses right across the country and this exciting news takes us a step closer towards reaching that goal."

This launch is a wakeup call to other ISPs in the country to start looking at their networks and making improvements, or start losing customers.

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I live in a new build estate smack bang in the middle on Virgins cable network (surrounding older houses have Virgin) and they refuse to put my estate on their network after calling them and emailing their CEO.
Shame too, because alot of people on this estate want it.

I had there 20mbps service for a while, until their supposed "unlimited" then suddenly becae traffic managed... I tried to argue they had changed the terms of the contract I had entered into, but they were having none of it.. so I finished my contract and buggered off... Enjoying 22mbps with BE for £15 pe month, which is truly unlmited.. although would be nice to have more upload speed, for my home server....

And yet, I struggle to get up to 12mbps. I'm on an "up to" 24mbps plan. I usually get around 5-6mbps. On some occasions 11-12. So why can't they focus on giving other areas decent speeds.

TechDudeGeorge said,
And yet, I struggle to get up to 12mbps. I'm on an "up to" 24mbps plan. I usually get around 5-6mbps. On some occasions 11-12. So why can't they focus on giving other areas decent speeds.

Because that is on ADSL. Using ADSL2+, youd be very very lucly to get 20Mbps.
Also, be thankful you get 5Mbps. What about the rest of us who can't even get 1Mbps? (or some people I Know who can't even get 512Kbps).

I fail to see why the average, or even any home user would need 100mb.. not like web pages load any quicker!! Still, what with the size of blu ray films these days lol... and cheap terrabyte disks.. no wonder piracy is rife!!...

Good for the home worker though, or anyone who has a home server, with improved upload speeds...

DrScouse said,
I fail to see why the average, or even any home user would need 100mb.. not like web pages load any quicker!! Still, what with the size of blu ray films these days lol... and cheap terrabyte disks.. no wonder piracy is rife!!...

Good for the home worker though, or anyone who has a home server, with improved upload speeds...

How about in a shared house where you have multiple people streaming HD video at the same time, playing online games, and downloading a game from stream? For the "normal" household, I agree its not that much use. But for a house where you have multiple people using the internet heavily, then its brilliant.

Been with Virgin from the dial up days, always found them to be a good ISP. I had the 20mb service and always maxed out my connection, just got 50mb installed yesterday and hitting full speeds . I heard that 50mb customers may be upgraded to 100mb, but probably just a rumor that will not happen, although it did happen before from 10mb to 20mb so just gotta wait and see .

Sooooooooo Not fair, I'm with Virgin In cambridge with 10Mb and I only get lke 3Mb's mostly. Improve the things already out there

I've been on Virgin Medias 100Mb service since Mid September. I am part of the trial. The 10Mb upload has been awesome and I really did receive 100Mb download speeds at all times of the day.

It appears I'll be in the trial for another 8 Weeks minimum, after that I don't know if they will be offering me the chance to pay for it or if I'll be put back on my 50Mb service.

I wonder how many years it'll be until they actually provide cable to my town, I live right next to Cambridge and we can only get 5.5, hilarious! :'/
100mbps is a far off dream for me.

hotdog963al said,
I wonder how many years it'll be until they actually provide cable to my town, I live right next to Cambridge and we can only get 5.5, hilarious! :'/
100mbps is a far off dream for me.

I live in Cambridge and yet i get less than you at 3Mb/s sooo annoying.

That's still cheap. The only 100mbit provider in Belgium charges 95 euros/month. For 40 a month we get 30mbit and a 100gb traffic limit. We do always get the advertised speeds though.

I just rang them. All you can do at the moment is register interest on the Website. They say they will contact you when it's going to become avalible in your area.

Although they said that about 50Mb and it was avalible here 2 months and I hadn't heard a thing from them.

I can't get cable where I live, it's pretty crap because I am in a decent size city (sunderland). South of the River Wear has it but not the north :-(

Grunt said,
Hello from Scotland... We're part of UK too! GIVE US F***ING CABLE!

Just outside glasgow here, had VM/Blueyonder/Telewest broadband cable for around 10 years... Got 50Mb currently and its super fast, looking forward to a drop in cost (currently costs 45 per month which looks to be the new price of the 100Mb), or a free upgrade.

Sorry, forgot Glasgow got Cable.
Aberdeen doesn't. Even the multibillion pound Oil companies are stuck with 30mb business broadband.

Alastyr said,
yawn...
I got a 150/150mbit-connection without caps or peakhours or whatever in Norway...
And sweden is even better.

Good for you.
We arnt in Sweden or Norway are we? So for us this is good news.

Gothic_Rebel said,

Good for you.
We arnt in Sweden or Norway are we? So for us this is good news.

If you want to win a battle with your isp, get them to remove caps or peak-hour-limits.
That's just useless. :-)
100mbit aint 100mbit if you can only get it during night and/or for 5 mins till cap is out.

Alastyr said,

If you want to win a battle with your isp, get them to remove caps or peak-hour-limits.
That's just useless. :-)
100mbit aint 100mbit if you can only get it during night and/or for 5 mins till cap is out.

It won't happen UK ISP's won't un throttle us / remove caps. Possibily due to high amounts of people in the UK who download excessive amounts ilegaly. It annoys ppl like me who download HD films watch sky over my xbox. And play online a lot.
I just don't see it ever being removed.

Alastyr said,
yawn...
I got a 150/150mbit-connection without caps or peakhours or whatever in Norway...
And sweden is even better.

and japan is rolling out 1GB connections, still doesnt have a bearing on uk internet

Alastyr said,
yawn...
I got a 150/150mbit-connection without caps or peakhours or whatever in Norway...
And sweden is even better.

yawn..
and i got a 4/2mbit-connection with caps 6GB ea month(after 6gb used, then pay per mega) no peakhours.

Alastyr said,
yawn...
I got a 150/150mbit-connection without caps or peakhours or whatever in Norway...
And sweden is even better.

Well done

Alastyr said,
yawn...
I got a 150/150mbit-connection without caps or peakhours or whatever in Norway...
And sweden is even better.

Spot on. I live in Sweden and I can get up to 1000Mbit/s

Alastyr said,
yawn...
I got a 150/150mbit-connection without caps or peakhours or whatever in Norway...
And sweden is even better.

I'm from Mars and I get 500,000Gbts on my transponder chip in my brain.
We don't eat salted fish as it causes our water filled brains to dehydrate.

ZombieFly said,

I'm from Mars and I get 500,000Gbts on my transponder chip in my brain.
We don't eat salted fish as it causes our water filled brains to dehydrate.

I've got life, and that comes to me at 1,000,000 Tbps, baby.

I heard that VM are good for the first couple of months and then you would be lucky to get more than dialup speeds in some cases?

Plus, i find them well over priced compaired to Sky...

Panacik said,
I heard that VM are good for the first couple of months and then you would be lucky to get more than dialup speeds in some cases?

Plus, i find them well over priced compaired to Sky...


They are overpriced because they are the only company that can offer Cable broadband, everyone and his dog can set up an ADSL ISP hence competitive prices.

Panacik said,
I heard that VM are good for the first couple of months and then you would be lucky to get more than dialup speeds in some cases?

Plus, i find them well over priced compaired to Sky...

Its rare to have dial up speeds with virgin. You'll always have a decent speed. What you heard was nonsense.

Sky can only deliver an average 4mbps compared to virgin 8mbps on both the same package of up to 10mbps

Richard Hammond said,

They are overpriced because they are the only company that can offer Cable broadband, everyone and his dog can set up an ADSL ISP hence competitive prices.

+1

Panacik said,
I heard that VM are good for the first couple of months and then you would be lucky to get more than dialup speeds in some cases?

Plus, i find them well over priced compaired to Sky...

Was fine for me last year at uni. Was on the 20Mbps package, and got over 15Mbps most of the time. Only times we got less when we went over the "peak time" limits (which to be fair, wasn't that often).

And the problem with Sky is that their broadband is ADSL based, which means you'll be lucky to get near 20Mbps.

Richard Hammond said,

They are overpriced because they are the only company that can offer Cable broadband, everyone and his dog can set up an ADSL ISP hence competitive prices.

I find even jjust going for their ADSL optiona nd TV packages expensive.

Panacik said,

Plus, i find them well over priced compaired to Sky...

Currently on Sky and I priced Virgin Media to see if there was a better deal and honestly the prices are near identical when you add them up, TV, Broadband and Phone. Few feature differences like on demand but other than that, not much of a difference. Individually, there might be a margin but bundles are pretty much the same.

OceanMotion said,

Currently on Sky and I priced Virgin Media to see if there was a better deal and honestly the prices are near identical when you add them up, TV, Broadband and Phone. Few feature differences like on demand but other than that, not much of a difference. Individually, there might be a margin but bundles are pretty much the same.

Did you go as far as to put your card details in? On the very last page you will find out there are LOADS of hidden costs.

I thought they where cheap too until that point.

I also heard from LOTS of people that they cap after a few months.

Panacik said,

Did you go as far as to put your card details in? On the very last page you will find out there are LOADS of hidden costs.

I thought they where cheap too until that point.

I also heard from LOTS of people that they cap after a few months.

As I mentioned, I was with VM last year, and there were no hidden costs when I signed up. What kind of things are you talking about?

Panacik said,

Did you go as far as to put your card details in? On the very last page you will find out there are LOADS of hidden costs.

I thought they where cheap too until that point.

I also heard from LOTS of people that they cap after a few months.

Benn with them since day one and no hidden costs what-so-ever.

Panacik said,
I heard that VM are good for the first couple of months and then you would be lucky to get more than dialup speeds in some cases?

Plus, i find them well over priced compaired to Sky...

I have been with them since august and am still able to pull 5-6 MB/s from good servers and well seeded torrents on the 50mb service.

Richard Hammond said,

They are overpriced because they are the only company that can offer Cable broadband, everyone and his dog can set up an ADSL ISP hence competitive prices.

I pay £45 for a TV package with some Sky Channels, 50mb Broadband, and phone line. I do not think for what I get that it's overpriced. Also ... wtf ?! No way. I have had 50mb for almost a year and it's not been slow in the slightest. I can download from good servers at over 5mb a sec in many cases. The other day I downloaded an Nvidia driver at over 7mb a sec. I asked an engineer why and he said sometimes the line speed is not fixed for some reason. Pretty good

Panacik said,

Did you go as far as to put your card details in? On the very last page you will find out there are LOADS of hidden costs.

I thought they where cheap too until that point.

I also heard from LOTS of people that they cap after a few months.

LOTS of people? Can you give me a few examples of those people? Virgin doesn't "cap" people like that. If your friends are getting traffic managed constantly, either they have a fault which can be fixed or they have a problem at their end, because SOMETHING is using up all that bandwidth.

Judging by the fact their 50Mbps service has no caps during peak hours, I am assuming the 100Mbps service won't either. Although I did read they are going to start throttling back P2P traffic.
Just wish more places had access to cable really.

I dont't see why its going to take so long to roll out tho. They have already upgraded most areas to DOCSIS 3.0 when they did the 50Mbps roll out, so the network is there ready.

WelshBluebird said,
I dont't see why its going to take so long to roll out tho. They have already upgraded most areas to DOCSIS 3.0 when they did the 50Mbps roll out, so the network is there ready.

I'm guessing they're just being cautious, and don't want to overload the network with a huge flood of new customers, whereas a slow buildup allows them to be sure they have the capacity.

WelshBluebird said,
Judging by the fact their 50Mbps service has no caps during peak hours, I am assuming the 100Mbps service won't either. Although I did read they are going to start throttling back P2P traffic.
Just wish more places had access to cable really.

I dont't see why its going to take so long to roll out tho. They have already upgraded most areas to DOCSIS 3.0 when they did the 50Mbps roll out, so the network is there ready.

To be quite honest I wouldn't be surprised if it was as simple as getting the necessary backhaul capacity in place. The 50Mbps roll-out was something of a failure, with barely anyone getting close to the advertised speeds until much later.

tomjol said,

To be quite honest I wouldn't be surprised if it was as simple as getting the necessary backhaul capacity in place. The 50Mbps roll-out was something of a failure, with barely anyone getting close to the advertised speeds until much later.

Source? - I had 50Mb soon as it rolled out and always received 50Mb speeds right up until they upgraded me to 100Mb for the trial now I receive exactly 100Mb speeds.

Also I know 3 other people on 50Mb and they always got the speeds advertised as-well. Something to remember is if your on WiFi and it is 802.11g or your using a really poor PC you will never get the full 50Mb.

tomjol said,
To be quite honest I wouldn't be surprised if it was as simple as getting the necessary backhaul capacity in place. The 50Mbps roll-out was something of a failure, with barely anyone getting close to the advertised speeds until much later.

Really? I was getting 45MBit+ straight-off, which is a lot more than I expected to be perfectly honest. Shame I've now moved to an area with very limited broadband speeds, as it's painful downloading games on Steam at only 600kbps.

Vice said,

Source? - I had 50Mb soon as it rolled out and always received 50Mb speeds right up until they upgraded me to 100Mb for the trial now I receive exactly 100Mb speeds.

Also I know 3 other people on 50Mb and they always got the speeds advertised as-well. Something to remember is if your on WiFi and it is 802.11g or your using a really poor PC you will never get the full 50Mb.

I have had 50Mb in the last 2 houses I have been in, in two separate counties and continuously get 45Mb+ too when wired into the network.

tomjol said,

To be quite honest I wouldn't be surprised if it was as simple as getting the necessary backhaul capacity in place. The 50Mbps roll-out was something of a failure, with barely anyone getting close to the advertised speeds until much later.

???? i had 50mb from the first day and it's been between 46-50mbps since. I think a lot of these "its not working" reports stem from people's lack of understanding about how web servers work. If you expect 50mbps on a web download you're most likely going to be throttled from the remote side. I get flat out speeds from torrents and usenet.