Virgin bringing 100Mb service to more UK homes

Virgin Media has introduced their 100Mb broadband service to another 150,000 homes, adding to the 200,000 already with access. Homes in Pentwyn, Southport, Treforest, Cheshunt and Hatfield are the newest additions to the growing fleet of towns with 100Mb access, and Virgin are hoping for the number to increase further as the year progresses.

Speaking to TechRadar, executive director of broadband Jon James said:

From establishing the UK's first ever broadband service to the launch of 100Mb just ten years later, Virgin Media has led the greatest developments in digital Britain. We've invested many billions of private money in order to build a growing network that already passes approximately 13 million homes across the UK. We're racing to get these ultrafast speeds across this entire area as fast as we can to meet demand.

The news comes following an announcement from BT of trials in Suffolk for a service reaching speeds of 1Gbps. Expected to begin sometime this year, pressure is mounting for Virgin Media to keep up with BT's ambitious plans.

As the country's broadband quickens, more and more content providers are taking advantage. YouView, a joint venture between the four terrestrial giants, is one such demanding service that will launch later this year. The race is on between broadband providers now to see who will be able to keep up with demand and provide service that lives up to the public's growing expectations.

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I was considering the 50Mb service, but honestly? It wasn't worth it.
The traffic management and shaping and all that jazz simply is far too complicated. I want to download what I want, when I want as I am paying for that service, not a service to be slowed down between 10am and 12am (apart from between 3pm and 4pm).

Mr Spoon said,
I was considering the 50Mb service, but honestly? It wasn't worth it.
The traffic management and shaping and all that jazz simply is far too complicated. I want to download what I want, when I want as I am paying for that service, not a service to be slowed down between 10am and 12am (apart from between 3pm and 4pm).

There is no traffic shaping on the 50mb connection (and presumably the 100mb connection too. Yes I have it and can confirm this (previously had 20mb too and it was definitely shaped).
http://shop.virginmedia.com/he...ffic-management-policy.html

bugsbungee said,

There is no traffic shaping on the 50mb connection (and presumably the 100mb connection too. Yes I have it and can confirm this (previously had 20mb too and it was definitely shaped).
http://shop.virginmedia.com/he...ffic-management-policy.html


They dont want you downloading during peak hours.
http://community.virginmedia.c...tal-use-of-your/td-p/102590


and the reborn thread with them admitting that they dont want you downloading during 9-9pm
http://community.virginmedia.c...scussion-Thread/td-p/247501

I've had the 100Mb service from VM since September 2010 and it's excellent. It's just as stable as my 50Mb service was but with 97-98Mb/ps on speed tests. The 10Mb upload is great too.

I've had 100mb since 4th Jan. I get between 95 and 98 every time I check it.

But... my service is horrendously unstable. Less so in the last few days because the 10th engineer came out and fixed something ... but it's far from perfect.

Ummm Cambridge gets like 1Mb/s most of the time on a 10Mb/s line.
Please upgrade people you already have before things like this >.>

Richio said,
Ummm Cambridge gets like 1Mb/s most of the time on a 10Mb/s line.
Please upgrade people you already have before things like this >.>

Something wrong with your connection maybe, I live in cambridge and get full 10mb, sometimes it even goes slightly over!

Richio said,
Ummm Cambridge gets like 1Mb/s most of the time on a 10Mb/s line.
Please upgrade people you already have before things like this >.>

Have you reported this as a fault?
Mine's fed from Papworth, which is fed via Cambridge and I get the full 20meg.

Still waiting for something better than ADSL Max, ****ing hate monthly bandwidth restrictions >:{
This would be like a dream, but I heard Virgin are total nobs with their throttling at peak times.

I don't see why the article mentions virgin having to keep up with BT. At the moment, Virgin has 50Meg broadband in all of their areas, the best BT offers is 40. Sure, BT are trialing that 1Gbps connection but who knows when that'll ever see the light of day (and more to the point, how many people would actually GET 1Gbps if it did roll out - at least with Virgin, if you're cabled, you get the speed). Seems to me that BT are the ones doing the catching up.

When I was with VM, if you downloaded more than 4gb in an hour, you got throttle for the rest of the evening.. is this a crafty way of controlling peoples sppeds?? Give them 100mb, theyll download 4gb in about 5 minutes, then theyll slow you to 2mb or something, for the rest of the vening!!.. genius!!!

DrScouse said,
When I was with VM, if you downloaded more than 4gb in an hour, you got throttle for the rest of the evening.. is this a crafty way of controlling peoples sppeds?? Give them 100mb, theyll download 4gb in about 5 minutes, then theyll slow you to 2mb or something, for the rest of the vening!!.. genius!!!

Their traffic management policy has been (a) clear and (b) on their website for years:

http://shop.virginmedia.com/he...ffic-management-policy.html

DrScouse said,
When I was with VM, if you downloaded more than 4gb in an hour, you got throttle for the rest of the evening.. is this a crafty way of controlling peoples sppeds?? Give them 100mb, theyll download 4gb in about 5 minutes, then theyll slow you to 2mb or something, for the rest of the vening!!.. genius!!!

No. It's based on certain types of downloading and the times change etc. Don't generalise.

metallithrax said,
September 2011 for me. Not that i'll be getting it though. Happy enough on my 10MB service

Sept. '11 for me too. I'll definitely be getting it!

spikey_richie said,
We don't have cable in our street, so we're stuck with ADSL and Sky... come on Virgin, pull your finger out
+1 the cable stops about 100m from my house and they won't extend it. stuck on crappy 4mb ASDL. I miss my 50mb from Uni

spikey_richie said,
We don't have cable in our street, so we're stuck with ADSL and Sky... come on Virgin, pull your finger out

Not going to happen. Laying cable is bloody expensive.

will it be as "unlimited" as the current 50meg one? They were sending out letters to tell you to stop downloading during peak hours, and they wouldnt tell you how much is too much during those hours (unlike their lower tier services which have clear limits)

toufas said,
will it be as "unlimited" as the current 50meg one? They were sending out letters to tell you to stop downloading during peak hours, and they wouldnt tell you how much is too much during those hours (unlike their lower tier services which have clear limits)

Fairly sure they released a thing saying those letters were generic and sent to everyone. I wouldn't worry about it, as far as I know Virgin will just lower your speed for a temporary period not disconnect you if you continually download.

Olemus said,

Fairly sure they released a thing saying those letters were generic and sent to everyone. I wouldn't worry about it, as far as I know Virgin will just lower your speed for a temporary period not disconnect you if you continually download.


I was on the phone with them after i got my 3rd letter. They told me that i would either confront with their demands or would get disconnected in 3 days.
There was a huge thread on their forums regarding this and they locked it after 50~ pages.