Virgin Media has announced that the company has completed its next generation fibre optic broadband network . Virgin has been working for 18 months on increasing its network capacity and offering ultrafast broadband speeds of up to 50Mb to over 12 million homes.
In an attempt to convince some of those 12 million homes to sign up to the service, the company has cut its prices. From September 1st, the 50Mbps service will cost £38 (E44) per month, or £28 per month if users sign up to a landline as well. “The 50Mb service continues to be free of traffic management”, promises the company.
The company is already piloting 200Mb fibre optic broadband speeds in Ashford, Kent. It is also piloting faster upload speeds, up to 10Mb. Critically this trial will explore the demand for higher upstream broadband speeds to support video conferencing, multiplayer gaming and home working.