Virgin pledges 100Mb broadband for third of UK

Written by Clive Webster

November 3, 2011 // 1:39 p.m.

Tags: #2012 #broadband #fast #fibre-optic #internet #rollout #super-fast #uk #virgin-media #virgin-pledges-100mb-broadband-for-third-of-uk

Virgin Media has announced that it’s on track to upgrade its entire network to 100Mb-capable fibre-optic cable by the middle of 2012, pledging to bring super-fast broadband to a third of the UK.

Jon James, executive director of broadband, said: ‘We’re very proud to reach another significant milestone in our broadband history as we play a leading part in the development of the UK’s next generation infrastructure.

Virgin Media says that residents in Harborne in Birmingham, Seven Kings in Greater London and all of Solihull will be able to sign up to 100Mb speeds as of today. You can check your predicted speed via Virgin Media’s post code checker.

Virgin Media also says that the 100Mb speed isn’t just marketing fluff. The typical speed of a 100Mb connection is said to be 91.8Mb/sec (over a 24-hour period). Virgin Media publishes its speeds so you can check the actual expected speed of any new connection against the quoted speed. Virgin Media also won the prestigious Expert Reviews Ultimate award for its services.

Can’t wait for the upgrade, or are you already nomming your way through the internet in 100Mb chunks? Let us know in the forum.

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