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Virgin increases 20Mb package to 30Mb

Feb 2nd 2011, 13:19

Virgin Media has launched a new 30Mb broadband service which will replace its existing 20Mb service from February 1st.

The broadband provider claims that users can expect to see speeds close to the stated headline speed, as it does not use VDSL technology that can see internet users subjected to a "speed lottery" depending on where they live.

Costing £18.50 per month, the XL service gives users unlimited downloads and is expected to provide faster average speeds than BT Infinity.

"As consumers continually demand more and more from their broadband, the unique power of our next-generation network means that we're able to turn up the dial to meet their needs," said Jon James, executive director of broadband at Virgin Media.

Customers who are already using the 20Mb XL package will be invited to upgrade to the new plan through a one-time upgrade fee of £30 in exchange for the new SuperHub DOCSUS 3.0 modem and router.

The device is capable of gigabit wired connectivity, as well as dual-band N Wi-Fi to support other connections.

"With so many devices connecting to the internet at home these days, our new 30Mb service will give Virgin Media families that extra boost needed to make everything run smoothly, with speeds that don't slow down depending on where you live," Mr James went on to say.

From February 1st, Virgin Media's fibre optic broadband range will include 10Mb, 30Mb, 50Mb and 100Mb packages.

Last month, Virgin rolled out its 100Mb service to five new areas in the UK, taking the potential subscriber base to 350,000 homes.

Cheshunt and Hatfield in Hertfordshire, Pentwyn in Cardiff, Treforest in Rhondda and Southport in Merseyside are now all covered by the service, which costs £45 per month by itself or £35 when taken with a Virgin phone line.

Categories: Virgin Media

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