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November 12, 2013

Virgin Repeating Last Years Speed Boost Update

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Virgin Media has again announced plans to boost the top speed of its fibre-optic home broadband service to 152 Mbps, If you remember Virgin did this last year giving customers free speed boosts at no extra cost. The roll-out will begin in February 2014, lifting the current top speeds of around 100-120 Mbps, to  around 152 Mbps. Apparently without those customers on the top package having to upgrade their service.

The company claims that customers on lower monthly other tariffs should see also their download velocity increase by at least 20 Mbps. Virgin said that the speed boost will be available in all 12.5m supported homes within 12 months of the initial roll-out and is encouraging customers to keep tabs via a postcode checker.

A Virgin statement read:

“Virgin Media is launching internet speeds next year which will be twice as fast as any other widely available service. The UK’s leading broadband company is set to introduce an ultrafast 152Mb speed that’s far beyond BT, as well as significantly boost speeds for existing customers.
The country’s fastest widely available broadband is going to get even faster with Virgin Media delivering speeds at least double what all the providers dependent on BT’s network can claim. Such speeds will be available to the 12.5 million homes across the country served by Virgin Media’s superior fibre optic cable network.”

Although this will be welcomed by many, not all customers, mainly domestic, will be jumping with joy. The business customers will be the ones that gain enormously.

It’s not all good news for Virgin Media customers though as the company tempered the announcement with news that its prices will rise by an average of 6.9 per cent next year.
The company is yet to release details of when and how the changes will be applied to the various packages.


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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini