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Virgin Media Boosting Top Speeds to 120Mbps

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Virgin Media is turning things up a notch.

Back in January of this year, Virgin Media announced plans to double speeds for over four million of its customers and boost its top speed to 120Mb. The roll-out started in February and was expected to be finished by the middle of next year. This week, Virgin announced that the time to boost its top tier 100Mb speeds had come.

"As part of its 'Double Your Speeds' programme launched earlier this year, Virgin Media has now started to boost the speeds of its 100Mb customers to 120Mb," the company said via news release today. "The new 120Mb tier continues to push the boundaries of broadband speeds available in the UK and will ensure Virgin Media broadband customers continue to receive some of the fastest speeds in Europe."

Virgin says it has already upgraded 40 percent of its network for faster speeds and claims to be the only ISP in the UK with superfast broadband speeds as standard. The Double Your Speeds program will see Virgin's 10Mb, 20Mb, 30Mb and 50Mb services double by the middle of next year.

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    aftcomet , October 10, 2012 9:11 AM
    freggoThat's 10 times what I get from Comcast.But to be fair... how much does a "Virginian" have to pay for that speed ?


    Dude, if you're a virginian, you can't put a price on downloading pr0n that fast.
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    frombehind , October 10, 2012 8:46 AM
    Yarr, matey!
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    freggo , October 10, 2012 8:48 AM
    That's 10 times what I get from Comcast.
    But to be fair... how much does a "Virginian" have to pay for that speed ?
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  • 15 Hide
    aftcomet , October 10, 2012 9:11 AM
    freggoThat's 10 times what I get from Comcast.But to be fair... how much does a "Virginian" have to pay for that speed ?


    Dude, if you're a virginian, you can't put a price on downloading pr0n that fast.
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    blubbey , October 10, 2012 9:15 AM
    freggoThat's 10 times what I get from Comcast.But to be fair... how much does a "Virginian" have to pay for that speed ?


    Looking at their site it says £29.75/month for 3 months then £34.75 per month after that.

    http://store.virginmedia.com/broadband/compare-broadband/index.html

    You could get it with a phone line bundle for ~£5 more per month (but it'll be cheaper for 6 months not 3). OR if you wanted to, £46.62 per month for 6 months then £93.25 after that with Spotify Premium for 3 months, 1tb TiVo box with an extra one for another room with a load of sports and movie channels (couple hundred channels with 37 HD), unlimited anytime to landline + VM numbers with cheaper international calls.

    http://store.virginmedia.com/bundles/our-collections.html

    Or you could go for the 60mb option which looks much better value.
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    frombehind , October 10, 2012 9:15 AM
    aftcometDude, if you're a virginian, you can't put a price on downloading pr0n that fast.


    AHAH! I see what you did there =)
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    blubbey , October 10, 2012 9:17 AM
    Oh that'd be ~$45 then $52.50 or ~$7.50 more with a phone line, lastly ~$67.50 then ~$140.
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    freggo , October 10, 2012 10:06 AM
    blubbeyOh that'd be ~$45 then $52.50 or ~$7.50 more with a phone line, lastly ~$67.50 then ~$140.


    Damn, men don't cry, but this is getting me close to it :-)

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    freggo , October 10, 2012 10:07 AM
    aftcometDude, if you're a virginian, you can't put a price on downloading pr0n that fast.


    Guy from NY...New Yorker.
    guy from Texas...Texan

    Virgin Media user... Virginian :-)

    And believe it or not, there is an IT world outside of Gaming and Porn !
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    Anonymous , October 10, 2012 11:17 AM
    unless you have downloads going 24/7 or are really impatient getting anything higer then 60Mbps from Virgin is a waste of money as almost all of that bandwith will be going to waste.

    altough i do make a fair few of my American Friends envious.
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    aracheb , October 10, 2012 11:24 AM
    freggoGuy from NY...New Yorker.guy from Texas...TexanVirgin Media user... Virginian :-)And believe it or not, there is an IT world outside of Gaming and Porn !

    Yes!!
    It is!! More gaming and more Porn!
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    Anonymous , October 10, 2012 3:07 PM
    Only a select few areas actually get 120Mb, Can I get it (I'm in Central London Zone 2)... nope. Can I get BT Infinity..... nope, fastest internet available to me is half a bloody meg
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    devBunny , October 10, 2012 3:12 PM
    buddy191unless you have downloads going 24/7 or are really impatient getting anything higer then 60Mbps from Virgin is a waste of money as almost all of that bandwith will be going to waste.altough i do make a fair few of my American Friends envious.


    Exactly. The bandwidth may be wasted but not the service. Engorged e-peen is worth any price! ;-D

    I'm wielding a limp 8MB and the ISPs' "Enlarge your e-peen" spam does nothing for dwindling self esteem. :-(

    Lol. ;O)
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    dark_lord69 , October 10, 2012 3:59 PM

    Quote:
    Guy from NY...New Yorker.
    guy from Texas...Texan

    Virgin Media user... Virginian :-)

    And believe it or not, there is an IT world outside of Gaming and Porn !

    So if you live in Tampa does that make you a Tampon?
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    spat55 , October 10, 2012 6:24 PM
    It would be nice if I could get off of ADSL here in the sticks, and I'm not that far away from town's, or London tbh! Guess the politicians don't give a damn about us, only themselves that work in the cities, awhile I know it is hard to do, people in rural areas are much more stranded especially if there is a storm. I just feel instead of pushing all this super fast stuff on people with already fast speeds they could upgrade me from 8 to around 24, failing that go to 16.
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    echondo , October 10, 2012 11:13 PM
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    "The new 120Mb tier continues to push the boundaries of broadband speeds available in the UK and will ensure Virgin Media broadband customers continue to receive some of the fastest speeds in Europe."


    Uh, Sweden and most of the other European countries are at 300-500Mbps and now Sweden is upgrading to a 1Gbps connections.

    120Mbps is still fast, but not the fastest in Europe! Not by a long shot! Wish I had that kinda speed here in the U.S.

    Come on Google Fiber...
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    alidan , October 10, 2012 11:24 PM
    buddy191unless you have downloads going 24/7 or are really impatient getting anything higer then 60Mbps from Virgin is a waste of money as almost all of that bandwith will be going to waste.altough i do make a fair few of my American Friends envious.


    ok, i want to watch netflix... oh, whats this... if i watch netflix over wifi, everything that connected to that router gets so crippled that it makes it un useable on a 70mbit line?

    yea... i would be willing to pay more for the headroom
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    aftcomet , October 10, 2012 11:41 PM
    frombehindAHAH! I see what you did there =)


    I'm sure you would with a name like "frombehind" ;) 
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    g00fysmiley , October 11, 2012 1:03 PM
    to those of us in the states... see what happens when there aren't government mandated monopolies of telecoms in areas and actual competition takes place.. i wish i had a choice between comcast and somethign other than dsl and i live in a state capitol withing 2 miles of 2 major universities