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March 16, 2011

Virgin Media 100Mbps service reaches 1 million homes

by Darren Allan

Virgin Media is trumpeting a milestone in its next-generation fibre roll-out.

The company’s super-fast 100Mbps service is now available to a million households across the UK, with the complete roll-out on target for a middle of 2012 completion.

Its 100Mbps connections offer a 10Mbps upload speed, which is theoretically ideal for gaming and sharing bandwidth heavy content such as HD video. A subscription will cost £45 per month, or £35 if you purchase it as part of a Virgin bundle.

Jon James, Executive Director of Broadband at Virgin Media, commented: “Reaching the one million home milestone is a hugely important step in ensuring consumers are able to keep up with the latest developments in this digitally connected world.”

“We had more then 10,000 registrations on the first day we unveiled 100Mb so there is real desire for better broadband and all the wonderful things you can do with a fast connection. When we finish the roll-out of 100Mb across our network, half the country will have access to ultrafast broadband. That’ll be six years ahead of EU targets.”

Virgin’s cable network now feeds 13 million homes across the UK in total. If you want to check whether you can get the 100Mbps service, then head on over and tap your postcode in here.

BT is expected to begin the roll-out of its own rival super-fast service, which runs at 110Mbps, imminently. By autumn 2011 it’s expected to reach nearly 300,000 homes, which will leave it languishing considerably in Virgin’s wake.

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