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Virgin Media to introduce 100Mb broadband


Virgin Media has revealed the rollout timetable for its 100Mb broadband service, with pre-registration now available.

The 100Mb service will go on sale from December. The first areas to get the ultrafast service will include parts of London, the South East and Yorkshire, with the roll-out expected to be complete by mid 2012.

Neil Berkett, Chief Executive officer at Virgin Media said: “The launch of our 100Mb service is a significant milestone in the UK’s broadband evolution and a vivid illustration of the power of our next generation network. From establishing the UK’s first ever broadband service in 2000 to the launch of 100Mb in 2010, in the space of just ten years, Virgin Media has led the greatest developments in digital Britain.”

According to Virgin, the service will allow users to download a music album in 5 seconds; a TV show in around 30 seconds, a standard definition movie in 1½ minutes and a high definition movie in around 7 minutes. The service will also deliver 10Mb upload speeds for sharing content.

The announcement comes as Virgin release their financial results for the third quarter 2010. The company’s revenue increased by 6.4% to £978m during the quarter. The Virgin Cable customer base rose by 1.9% with 14,100 net new cable customers in Q3, up from 8,100 a year ago. Virgin TV customers increased by 14,800 in the quarter to hit 3.77m, with 222,100 new HD customers.

Written by DTG Team

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