Virgin media broadband speeds going up

#1
Logged on this morning and found this little nugget should be happening over the next 12-18mths all for free

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[TD="width: 204"]Up to 2Mb
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[TD="width: 204"]Up to 5Mb
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[TD="width: 204"]Broadband Size M
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[TD="width: 204"]Up to 10Mb
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[TD="width: 204"]Up to 20Mb
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[TD="width: 204"]Broadband Size L
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[TD="width: 204"]Up to 10Mb
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[TD="width: 204"]Up to 20Mb
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[TD="width: 204"]Broadband Size XL
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[TD="width: 204"]Up to 20Mb
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[TD="width: 204"]Up to 60Mb
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[TD="width: 204"]Broadband Size XL (30Mb)
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[TD="width: 204"]Up to 30Mb
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[TD="width: 204"]Up to 60Mb
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[TD="width: 204"]Broadband Size XXL
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[TD="width: 204"]Up to 50Mb
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[TD="width: 204"]Up to 100Mb
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[TD="width: 204"]100Mb
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[TD="width: 204"]Up to 100Mb
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[TD="width: 204"]Up to 120Mb this summer (plus a price decrease from April)
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#2
I have the L package upto 10 mb and regularly get 20+, Never had an issue with it slowing down either. Love fibre optic, I had Sky and talk talk before and none stop issues with poor speed.
 
#3
Having been a customer of Virgin for several years I applaud their investment in increasing speeds however, having now moved to a non-cable area, but still using a Virgin connection, all be it through a standard phone line, I would prefer that they continue to increase the area to which fibre is available to more "rural" areas.

I use Rural in the lightest term, as we are in a town of over 7000 homes, only 10 miles from Gloucester, which has been partly cabled.
We also used to live in Cheltenham, which again, is only partly cabled, and from extensive checking, during the time of looking for our latest property, these seem to be concentrated on student areas where there are multiple occupancy properties, and also areas where there is a large proportion of social housing.

Having enquired as to our current locations possibility of getting Virgin any time soon, I have been informed that the investment needed is too great and is not in Virgin's plans for the middle or long term future.

So expect to see massive growth in the large towns and cities, and once again, rural areas suffering from poor performance and connectivity, much the same as BT's latest offering of super fast fibre broadband.

I do wonder why they don't continue to invest in more rural areas, where connectivity remains an issue for most households.

On a side note, it must be pointed out that my current connection is stable at 11.5mb/s through Virgin, yet everyone else on our small (19 house) estate, differ from between 4.5mb/s and 7.6mb/s depending on their service provider.
 
#5
Having been a customer of Virgin for several years I applaud their investment in increasing speeds however, having now moved to a non-cable area, but still using a Virgin connection, all be it through a standard phone line, I would prefer that they continue to increase the area to which fibre is available to more "rural" areas.

I use Rural in the lightest term, as we are in a town of over 7000 homes, only 10 miles from Gloucester, which has been partly cabled.
We also used to live in Cheltenham, which again, is only partly cabled, and from extensive checking, during the time of looking for our latest property, these seem to be concentrated on student areas where there are multiple occupancy properties, and also areas where there is a large proportion of social housing.

Having enquired as to our current locations possibility of getting Virgin any time soon, I have been informed that the investment needed is too great and is not in Virgin's plans for the middle or long term future.

So expect to see massive growth in the large towns and cities, and once again, rural areas suffering from poor performance and connectivity, much the same as BT's latest offering of super fast fibre broadband.

I do wonder why they don't continue to invest in more rural areas, where connectivity remains an issue for most households.

On a side note, it must be pointed out that my current connection is stable at 11.5mb/s through Virgin, yet everyone else on our small (19 house) estate, differ from between 4.5mb/s and 7.6mb/s depending on their service provider.
I take it you must live in dursly ?
 
#7
Logged on this morning and found this little nugget should be happening over the next 12-18mths all for free

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[TD="width: 204"]Customer’s current broadband package
[/TD]
[TD="width: 204"]Their download speed now
[/TD]
[TD="width: 204"]After the upgrade
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 204"]Broadband Size S
[/TD]
[TD="width: 204"]Up to 2Mb
[/TD]
[TD="width: 204"]Up to 5Mb
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 204"]Broadband Size M
[/TD]
[TD="width: 204"]Up to 10Mb
[/TD]
[TD="width: 204"]Up to 20Mb
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 204"]Broadband Size L
[/TD]
[TD="width: 204"]Up to 10Mb
[/TD]
[TD="width: 204"]Up to 20Mb
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 204"]Broadband Size XL
[/TD]
[TD="width: 204"]Up to 20Mb
[/TD]
[TD="width: 204"]Up to 60Mb
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 204"]Broadband Size XL (30Mb)
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[TD="width: 204"]Up to 30Mb
[/TD]
[TD="width: 204"]Up to 60Mb
[/TD]
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[TD="width: 204"]Broadband Size XXL
[/TD]
[TD="width: 204"]Up to 50Mb
[/TD]
[TD="width: 204"]Up to 100Mb
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="width: 204"]100Mb
[/TD]
[TD="width: 204"]Up to 100Mb
[/TD]
[TD="width: 204"]Up to 120Mb this summer (plus a price decrease from April)
[/TD]
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Surely there is only so fast a man can w*nk to porn? 100Mb won't enhance that performance?
 
#8
BT will have 2/3 of homes in the UK supplied with superfast broadband by the end of 2014. At present, for example, I am getting 38.2 with FTTC, and this will be doubled, thanks to new technology, in the next year or so as will most of the network.
 
#9
Although I'm in a broadly Virgin area my street isn't cabled. Some of the neighbouring streets are.

The real kicker is that the ducting is already in place - they haven't cabled it and don't plan to!
 
#10
I live in West London and I've been with Virgin since cable first came into being. My web address is still the original blueyonder.co.uk from before all the mergers which ended up with Virgin now owning it. My internet surfing experience is 99.9% problem free from my ISP perspective, I'm happy to say.

I have a mate who has the fastest connection they supply because he works from home a lot and he has 2 post graduate students lodging with him. He had to buy 3 widgets off them so he could get the machines in his house to work properley on the really fast speed but that apart, I haven't heard of anybody else having any problems with them.
 
#11
My internet sucks! I have TalkTalk, average around 4-5Mb/s. And the funny thing is I live in the so called "high-tech" Canary Wharf/Isle of dogs area (E14), right next to all the gleaming bank HQs. And most of the area is not even cabled, so have to get it through a phone line.

Talking to the installation engineer, apparently the Canary Wharf/ Isle of dogs area has some of the slowest average speeds in the entire London/ UK. Can't even watch the iPlayer without it buffering every few minutes. And I used to complain that I got "only" 20Mbps back at my place in the U.S.

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#12
I couldn't believe it when the cable companies ran a cable up the village high street but totally ignored the estae where 90% of teh village lives.
 
#13
Having been a customer of Virgin for several years I applaud their investment in increasing speeds however, having now moved to a non-cable area, but still using a Virgin connection, all be it through a standard phone line, I would prefer that they continue to increase the area to which fibre is available to more "rural" areas.

I use Rural in the lightest term, as we are in a town of over 7000 homes, only 10 miles from Gloucester, which has been partly cabled.
We also used to live in Cheltenham, which again, is only partly cabled, and from extensive checking, during the time of looking for our latest property, these seem to be concentrated on student areas where there are multiple occupancy properties, and also areas where there is a large proportion of social housing.

Having enquired as to our current locations possibility of getting Virgin any time soon, I have been informed that the investment needed is too great and is not in Virgin's plans for the middle or long term future.

So expect to see massive growth in the large towns and cities, and once again, rural areas suffering from poor performance and connectivity, much the same as BT's latest offering of super fast fibre broadband.

I do wonder why they don't continue to invest in more rural areas, where connectivity remains an issue for most households.

On a side note, it must be pointed out that my current connection is stable at 11.5mb/s through Virgin, yet everyone else on our small (19 house) estate, differ from between 4.5mb/s and 7.6mb/s depending on their service provider.
Simple cost! A few years ago it was costed at around £250,000 for building network for around 400-500 homes this cost will have increased by now. We have however trialled running fibre over the BT network poles and are in discussion with them regarding proces as at the moment they have quoted silly money.
 
#14
Although I'm in a broadly Virgin area my street isn't cabled. Some of the neighbouring streets are.

The real kicker is that the ducting is already in place - they haven't cabled it and don't plan to!
Give me the detials I'll pass it over in the morning to the team that deal with it. If the network is there then we would cable it unless it's something to do with network capacity in the area.
 
#15
BT will have 2/3 of homes in the UK supplied with superfast broadband by the end of 2014. At present, for example, I am getting 38.2 with FTTC, and this will be doubled, thanks to new technology, in the next year or so as will most of the network.
And by that time we might have the 1.5gig ready to go it's being trialled just now in the labs.
 
#16
Simple cost! A few years ago it was costed at around £250,000 for building network for around 400-500 homes this cost will have increased by now. We have however trialled running fibre over the BT network poles and are in discussion with them regarding proces as at the moment they have quoted silly money.
If you see my previous reply BT will be covering 2/3 of the UK soon, they are also sorting out some problems with FO dropwires.
 
#17
Simple cost! A few years ago it was costed at around £250,000 for building network for around 400-500 homes this cost will have increased by now. We have however trialled running fibre over the BT network poles and are in discussion with them regarding proces as at the moment they have quoted silly money.
All well and good, but rural areas are the ones that are suffering form crap speeds, just because we live in the sticks doesn't mean that we don't have a fast broadband requirement! And why cable certain parts of a town and not others? Cheltenham is a prime example of selective cabling by VM! If you don't understand have a review o the areas cabled, send them to me and I will tell you the demographic for the streets already processed!
 
#18
I know the street that will be cabled the rough as **** ones and ones with flats etc. It all stems back to when OFCOM awarded the licences and set targets for the operators to serve so many homes per month. Also as well snobbery plays a part in it. back when it was just phone/TV certain types werent interested in saving a quid or 2 per month compared to BT/Sky etc Lytham St Annes being a prime example so just cabled through it and left it.

Anyway I live in a urban enviroment I get fast broadband and you get postcard pretty homes etc. Can't have your cake and eat it.

Johnnyboyzz,
We are also looking at fibre to the home etc. Next few years will be good for consumer choice for BB etc.
 
#19
i live about 100 yards from the west midlands/birmingham border. i come under Worcestershire which is shit because i am missing out on all the services you get in Birmingham. i only use birmingham buses and trains etc and never travel around Worcestershire only birmingham. i also do not get cable because of this and i live in a built up outer city area (about 9 miles from city centre). my local council (bromsgrove district council) refuse to invest in cable.

im right next to the MG Rover factory which i now sadly being developed into houses.

i average about 1.8mb to 2.5mb which makes watching porn fairly difficult.
 
#20
I wouldn't class my home as picture postcard! Standard 2 bed semi, built less than 20 years ago. We also pay a premium for living here, our rent is massive! But at the same time, we all want fast broadband, but what we see is those with decent speeds getting even faster for limited investment, whilst the rest of us suffer!
 

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