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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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.

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.

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 :-(

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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 .

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.

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 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....

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.

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