Virgin Media launches super-fast broadband service in UK
December 15th, 2008

Virgin Media has launched a new super-fast broadband service in the UK with speeds of 50 Megabits per second (Mbps). The company says users of the new service will be able to download an entire music album in 11 seconds, a TV show in a minute and a film in under 4 minutes.

Virgin Media says it will have rolled out its next generation infrastructure to 40% of the network by the end of 2008 – including areas in Scotland, the Midlands and South London. Roll out to the rest of the 12.6 million homes covered by Virgin Media’s fibre optic network is expected to be complete during the summer of 2009.

Today’s announcement is the latest development in bringing next generation super-fast broadband to the UK. Fibre technology is already being included in new housing developments in London, Kent, Salford and Belfast. In October BT announced it had chosen sites in London and South Wales to trial its faster, fibre-optic broadband. The trials in London’s Muswell Hill and Whitchurch in Wales will begin next summer. Once complete they’ll provide customers with headline speeds of up to 40 Mbps.

The news followed BT’s earlier announcement in July that it planned to roll out fibre-based, super-fast broadband to as many as 10 million homes by 2012. It said the Ł1.5 billion programme will deliver top speeds of up to 100 Mbps - with the potential for speeds of more than 1,000 Mbps in the future.

H2O Networks has also started rolling out its fibre-to-the-home project in Bournemouth, which promises broadband speeds of 100 Mbps.

(Source: Ofcom)