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Virgin Media 50Mbps Broadband


hobbs Plus
16 1.3k Japan
14 Dec 2008 8:58PM
There is a strong rumour going around that virgin media are going to launch 50 Mbps Broadband tomorrow. Hopefully if it is I can order tomorrow. :o)
cats_123 Plus
16 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
14 Dec 2008 9:25PM
a reliable 2mbps would be preferred Smile
User_Removed 16 17.9k 8 Norway
14 Dec 2008 10:08PM
I agree...
agoreira 16 6.0k Wales
14 Dec 2008 10:19PM
50mbps? I know my exchange wouldn't handle that. I'm on 8mb, exchange only capable of 5mb, normally get about 3.5mb. I'll settle for that, unlimited downloads, 500 mins of phone calls, all for 13.99
strawman 16 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 10:20PM
I find the BB service from Virgin quite reliable, not convinced on the speed. The EMAIL service is not so great though, a few months back it was very hard to get a reliable server connection, and it frequently requires more than one go to get the mail downloaded.
MrGoatsmilk 12 1.5k England
14 Dec 2008 10:42PM
I'm lucky to get just over 1mbps, copper cable miles away from the exchange, mobile phone and TV signals are also weak, I don't live in the middle of nowhere just on the outskirts. Can't get Virgin via fibre either :-(

Tiscali seems the best of a bad bunch for me and they are not great.
CarlSN 12 372 1 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 11:18PM
Now thats interesting. I've had problems with 20mb and have been using speedtest.net to check connection speeds and thought I got some dodgy results: 26mb; 35mb; 40mb & 57mb.

They could have been trialing it, so lets see. That said, its bandwidth they lack and they definately aren't providing it here at the mo.
hobbs Plus
16 1.3k Japan
14 Dec 2008 11:56PM

Quote:Now thats interesting. I've had problems with 20mb and have been using speedtest.net to check connection speeds and thought I got some dodgy results: 26mb; 35mb; 40mb & 57mb.

They could have been trialing it, so lets see. That said, its bandwidth they lack and they definately aren't providing it here at the mo.



Don't believe what you see with speedtest websites only Thinkbroadband are able to accurately test 20Mbps at the moment. Virgin have run lab tests on all the speedtest websites and a heck of a lot of them don't give anywhere near accurate results.

To get 50Mbps you need a new cable router as the present ones can only deliver 20Mbps at most.
hobbs Plus
16 1.3k Japan
14 Dec 2008 11:58PM

Quote:50mbps? I know my exchange wouldn't handle that. I'm on 8mb, exchange only capable of 5mb, normally get about 3.5mb. I'll settle for that, unlimited downloads, 500 mins of phone calls, all for 13.99


It's only available on the cable network unfortunately
hobbs Plus
16 1.3k Japan
15 Dec 2008 12:03AM

Quote:A reliable 2mbps would be preferred


Are you on Cable or BT line? With the implementation of 50Mbps there should be an improvement for 2Mbps and 10Mbps cable users as 20Mbps and 50Mbps will run using DOCSIS3 leaving the others on DOCSIS2
witheye 14 190
15 Dec 2008 8:01AM
I use tiscali router and lan cable
gives me 100mbps
JamesBurns 12 1.3k 7
15 Dec 2008 8:37AM

Quote:I use tiscali router and lan cable
gives me 100mbps


I sincerely doubt it.
You might get 100Mbps between your computer and the router, but I suspect that it is significantly slower beyond that.

Or your "lan cable" is fibre optic... Wink
cats_123 Plus
16 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
15 Dec 2008 9:30AM

Quote:Quote:A reliable 2mbps would be preferredAre you on Cable or BT line? With the implementation of 50Mbps there should be an improvement for 2Mbps and 10Mbps cable users as 20Mbps and 50Mbps will run using DOCSIS3 leaving the others on DOCSIS2


I'm on cable and in an urban area. I know that I probably `share' the line with 25-30 others but at times the speeds are abysmal. Recent dealings with various parts of the Virgin empire are leaving me with a sour taste. Customer service is not flavour of the month.

Will look forward to any improvement that sits on the back of the 50mbps lanch before I commit any more money
mdpontin 16 6.0k Scotland
15 Dec 2008 9:54AM
I've been with Virgin Media (as Blueyonder) for years now. I signed up for 512kbps cable back in the day, and since then it's been upgraded to 1Mbps, 2Mbps, 4Mbps and now 10Mbps with no increase in charge. It's always been very reliable too, so I have no complaints.
justin c 16 5.1k 36 England
15 Dec 2008 10:25AM
I've been with Virgin Media (formerley Ntl) for a number of years and have been very happy with the service and reliability.
I've found the service and customer support very helpful.
Only minor hiccup was when the initial instalation was due to be done. The engineer got his dates mixed up and failed to arrive.
They couldn't have been more apologenic and knocked off one months charges to make up for the slight inconvenience. A decent gesture I thought.

No idea how they compare to others with regards internet speed.

just had a leaflet come through the door offering free installation of something called Fibrecity, apparantly this will give speeds in excess of 100Mbps.

Justin

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