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Author Topic: Virgin Media to offer 1Gbps to 15m by end 2021  (Read 1311 times)

gt94sss2

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Virgin Media to offer 1Gbps to 15m by end 2021
« on: July 25, 2019, 01:44:23 AM »

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Virgin Media has pledged to offer internet download speeds of at least 1Gbps to 15 million homes by the end of 2021.
That represents about half of all UK households - and double the fastest speed the company currently advertises.
Virgin's plan still involves the use of copper-based cables.
In most cases, these would still be used to make the so-called "last mile" connections between homes and street cabinets.
The promised speed boost is instead delivered by an upgrade to the Docsis (data over cable interface specification) standard.
The new 3.1 specification theoretically allows downloads of up to 10Gbps over coaxial cables.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-49096856

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Re: Virgin Media to offer 1Gbps to 15m by end 2021
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2019, 09:34:54 AM »

VM need to sort out congestion area first!
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Re: Virgin Media to offer 1Gbps to 15m by end 2021
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2019, 11:47:37 AM »

I am glad the bbc mentioned its not full fibre.
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Re: Virgin Media to offer 1Gbps to 15m by end 2021
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2019, 12:26:13 PM »

https://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2019/07/virgin-media-uk-confirms-1gbps-broadband-speeds-for-all-by-2021.html

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Cable ISP Virgin Media (Liberty Global) has pounced on Boris Johnsonís appointment to the role of UK Prime Minister by revealing that it will make broadband download speeds of at least 1Gbps (1000Mbps) available to all 15 million premises on their network by 2021, which is thanks to their long-awaited DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade.

It's good to see that VM are moving to DOCSIS 3.1.

There seems to be a race between the network providers to not only get to full fibre, or cable, but to reach speeds of 1Gbps.
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Re: Virgin Media to offer 1Gbps to 15m by end 2021
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2019, 03:34:14 PM »

VM need to sort out congestion area first!

They pretty much have.
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Re: Virgin Media to offer 1Gbps to 15m by end 2021
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2019, 05:00:18 PM »

They pretty much have.

My next door neighbour got virgin media for a while now and he has confirmed to me their virgin always spot on at 100Meg for months never reduced or any issues. They are on 100/6 with VM.
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Re: Virgin Media to offer 1Gbps to 15m by end 2021
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2019, 02:12:06 PM »

If VM can offer me 1Gbps by the end of 2021, and there is no full fibre in sight, I'll be extremely tempted to go for it.
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Re: Virgin Media to offer 1Gbps to 15m by end 2021
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2019, 02:20:46 PM »

If VM can offer me 1Gbps by the end of 2021, and there is no full fibre in sight, I'll be extremely tempted to go for it.

Trouble is VM have a habit of offering their "halo" broadband product only bundled with TV and phone (see their current 500Mb package, it's not available as a standalone Internet connection), meaning the prices will be vastly inflated.  M500 is currently £99/m for 12 months rising to £139/m thereafter.  Gigabit is going to be twice that price, if not more.
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Re: Virgin Media to offer 1Gbps to 15m by end 2021
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2019, 06:21:58 PM »

Gigabit isn't going to be 200 quid a month as part of a bundle and will not be bundle-only permanently if at all.

It is going to help with congestion when released.

It will not have the greatest upload, though. 50Mb seems most likely.

Other than that it's working really well and the pilot deployments are very smooth. Not really a surprise given how mature the technology is now.

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Re: Virgin Media to offer 1Gbps to 15m by end 2021
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2019, 10:32:38 PM »

Gigabit isn't going to be 200 quid a month as part of a bundle and will not be bundle-only permanently if at all.

We shall see.  Happy to eat a hat live on Facebook if it proves not to be the case.  ;)
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Re: Virgin Media to offer 1Gbps to 15m by end 2021
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2019, 10:57:03 PM »

If VM play their cards right they can compete on price with the full fibre operators, and use their non-bundled packages as a way to entice people to eventually take their tv and/or phone services.

One of the draw backs of just trying VM is its not like switching dsl providers. I think you have to have work done on the house to get it installed. So if a customer as taken that step and has a good experience they might be willing to sign up for other services in the future.
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Re: Virgin Media to offer 1Gbps to 15m by end 2021
« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2019, 02:05:20 PM »

We shall see.  Happy to eat a hat live on Facebook if it proves not to be the case.  ;)

Really rather not see that! See the pricing in Poland, Germany, Netherlands for a guide.
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