Virgin Media to launch 100Mb Service from December 2010
# Oct 27, 11:31 PM by Rob
Virgin Media have announced in their 3rd QTR results yesterday that they are to start rolling out 100Mb speeds. Their 100Mb service will be rolled out across their network throughout 2011 but will be first available in parts of London, the south east and Yorkshire from the start of December 2010. Right now, existing and potential customers can pre-register their interest. The price will be Â£45 per month â€” or Â£35, if part of a bundle.
Virgin Media’s 100Mb service will be the fastest publicly available broadband in the UK when it launches and with Virgin Media carrying out trials of 200Mb speeds recently, the expansion to higher speeds than 100Mb looks promising.
The other promising news is that the 100Mb service will not attract specific traffic shaping or throttling, however, performance will be monitored Virgin Media had said.
Neil Berkett, chief executive of Virgin Media said:
“We are extending our lead in broadband even further with the imminent availability of 100Mb as consumer demand for consistently faster broadband grows.”
It didn’t take BT long however to respond to Virgin Media’s 100Mb announcement by claiming it’s new 100Mb service as expensive, and it is in the process of launching it’s very own 110Mb fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) service some time early next year.
Virgin Media have also begun to upgrade upload speeds for all of their cable broadband customers to create a consistent 10:1 download to upload ratio across every tier.
And in other news, Virgin Media will be launching their 100Mb broadband service in style with a fleet of supercar taxis which will be roaming the streets of London today, Thursday 28th October.
The cars will be available for the general public to hail, free of charge, between 10am and 4pm, being driven to their destination in Central London. The three car fleet of premium taxis are made up of a Porsche 997 Turbo Gen 1, a Ferrari 430 F1 Coupe and an Aston Martin DBS, in black and the iconic yellow taxi light donning their roof.