Virgin Media rolls out 100Mb service to 150k new homes


150,000 more homes are set to get superfast broadband from Virgin Media as it continues to roll-out its 100Mb service.

The new 100Mb broadband package offers download speeds nearly 20 times the national average, allowing users to "download an entire music album in as little as five seconds; a TV show in around 30 seconds, a high quality movie in as little as 1.5 minutes and a high definition movie in around seven minutes," according to Virgin Media.

The latest towns to benefit from the upgrade, which will be completed by mid-2012, are:

  • Cheshunt, Hertfordshire
  • Hatfield, Hertfordshire
  • Pentwyn, Cardiff, Wales
  • Southport, Merseyside
  • Treforest, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales.

Jon James, executive director of broadband at Virgin Media, said: "From establishing the UK's first ever broadband service to the launch of 100Mb just ten years later, Virgin Media has led the greatest developments in digital Britain.

"We've invested many billions of private money in order to build a growing network that already passes approximately 13 million homes across the UK. We're racing to get these ultrafast speeds across this entire area as fast as we can to meet demand."

The new 100Mb broadband package also offers upload speeds at up to 10Mb and a free wireless router with the latest N technology - capable of handling future speeds of up to 400Mb.