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October 28, 2010

BT says Virgin Media’s 100Mbps service too costly

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by Darren Allan

Yesterday, Virgin Media announced the launch of pre-registration for its 100Mbps fibre service, which will begin rolling out in December.

The first areas to receive the service will be London, the South East, and Yorkshire, who will benefit from 100Mbps download and 10Mbps upload speeds for the price of £45 per month (or £35 per month if you take it as part of a bundle).

Now BT has come forward to say that it believes that Virgin is being too pricey with its monthly charge at £45.

The BBC reports that the company issued a statement which said: “Their new service is more than twice the price of BT’s fibre product and we are surprised by the high price when most family budgets are tight.”

That’s a bit of a misleading statement, considering that BT’s current fibre package, Infinity, costs £24.99 per month (with 10Mbps upload). And that’s before phone line rental is added to the package, which bumps it up by a tenner.

And that service can’t be directly compared to Virgin’s, as it only offers 40Mbps downloads. The price for BT’s 110Mbps service, which will be rolled out starting next March, hasn’t yet been revealed, but you can bet it’s going to be a bit more expensive than the 40Mbps package. Unless BT is going to do some serious price slashing come next spring (we’ll believe it when we see it).

Incidentally, Virgin Media is celebrating the launch of its 100Mbps fibre by running supercar taxis around London today until 4pm. If you see one of the Porsche 997 Turbo, Ferrari 430 F1 Coupe or Aston Martin DBS cars marked out with a taxi light, if you can hail it, you’ll get a free ride to your central London destination.

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