Virgin Media brings super-fast broadband to 150,000 more homes

Darren Allan -

Virgin Media is casting its super-fast fibre net further and wider around the UK, with the announcement that 150,000 more homes are to benefit from the company’s fat 100Mbps pipes.

The initial roll out, which began last month, covered around 200,000 households, so this nearly doubles the 100Mbps network’s reach.

The fortunate five areas to be involved in this expansion are Cheshunt and Hatfield in Hertfordshire, Pentwyn in Cardiff, Southport in Merseyside, and Treforest in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The 100Mbps service offers speedy downloads, naturally – Virgin puts a time of 7 minutes on bagging an HD movie. But uploads are also very nippy at 10Mbps, which will make gaming much slicker, not to mention sharing videos and the like.

Virgin’s super-fast package also offers an energy efficient combined modem and wireless ‘N’ router, which will be good for future services of up to 400Mbps, when they arrive (we’re not holding our breath).

Pricing is £45 per month for the standalone 100Mbps package, although you can get it bundled for £35 per month alongside other Virgin services.

Jon James, Executive Director of Broadband at the company, commented: “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 ultra-fast speeds across this entire area as fast as we can to meet demand.”

BT has its 110Mbps deployment scheduled to begin in the spring.

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