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Virgin Media is providing London with internet speeds of up to 1.5 Gb, which is 240 times faster than the national average

Virgin Media has announced that it is providing London with internet speeds that are approximately 240 times faster than the national average.

Virgin Media, a leading broadband provider in the UK, has already used its cable network to deliver internet speeds of up to 100 MB to residential customers throughout over half of the UK. Now, Virgin Media is offering internet speeds of up to 1.5 Gb/s, which is 240 times faster than the national average. Every cable home is connected to a fiber optic network by a high-grade coaxial line, offering state-of-the-art technology and speeds. Those around Old Street, aka "Silicon Roundabout," are the subjects enjoying the 1.5 Gb/s and 150 Mb/s upload trial, including technology entrepreneurs at TechHub and businesses such as and 

"As people are simultaneously connecting more gadgets to the internet and doing more online than ever before, we wanted to explore what our unique fibre optic network is capable of," said Jon James, executive director of broadband at Virgin Media. "At speeds of up to 1.5 Gb/s, Virgin Media is delivering some of the fastest broadband in the world and, thanks to our ongoing investment, we're able to anticipate and lead the way in meeting growing demand for bandwidth as future services and applications come online."

Virgin Media's network, which utilizes DOCSIS2 technology, offers a "future-proofed" platform with near infinite capacity, and is capable of bonding multiple downstream and upstream channels together. They can be used at the same time by a single user to obtain faster speeds.

"It is fantastic to see the fastest internet speeds in the world over cable being trialed here in the UK," said Communications Minister Ed Vaizey. "This exciting development will help attract new companies and entrepreneurs to the area, bringing new jobs and growth to this part of the capital. Last year the Prime Minister set out our ambition for London's East End to become a world-leading technology city to rival Silicon Valley. Developments like Virgin Media's will help make this ambition a reality."

These speeds have been achieved thanks to a £13 billion private investment by Virgin Media. The UK hopes to use this technology to support future internet-related endeavors, such as online education and remote healthcare.

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The real question is...
By andre-bch on 7/25/2011 12:33:28 PM , Rating: 4
Is it unlimited?

P.S. Shouldn't it read "Gb/s" or "Gbps" instead of "GB"?

RE: The real question is...
By AlvinCool on 7/25/2011 12:38:54 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, it is unlimited

RE: The real question is...
By leexgx on 7/27/2011 11:58:06 PM , Rating: 2
on VM p2p and newsgroup can be throttled between 4pm and midnight (depending on total usage on the area your at, some times my connection is traffic managed when i download some stuff from newsgroups but that would affect every one in my area as well), this affects all packages beit 10mb-100mb (same should apply for 1.5gb as well)

VPN bypasses the traffic management completey

RE: The real question is...
By kingmotley on 7/25/2011 1:03:53 PM , Rating: 3
If this was comcast... If you used it for more than 23 minutes, you'd get a call saying you are abusing your line, and if you do it again, they'll disconnect you for a year (or more).

RE: The real question is...
By aegisofrime on 7/25/2011 1:55:29 PM , Rating: 2
I don't see how is that a question. Isn't unlimited broadband the norm rather than the exception?

RE: The real question is...
By XZerg on 7/25/2011 2:14:01 PM , Rating: 3
Nope - most ISPs here in Americas cap the bandwidth usage. Some offer "unlimited" but are subject to slower speeds after certain amount of usage.

Lot of things here are taking a step backwards to ensure the ISPs which are mostly big telecoms too want to make up for the lost cell phone usage, home phone base and TV subscribers as many shift to online alternatives (Skype, VOIP, Online Streaming).

By damianrobertjones on 7/25/2011 2:46:48 PM , Rating: 2
I believe the term would be 'fair use policy'.

RE: The real question is...
By lyeoh on 7/25/2011 2:56:49 PM , Rating: 2
There's an ISP in Japan with quotas- 30 gigabytes a day, upstream ;).

RE: The real question is...
By StanO360 on 7/25/2011 3:38:52 PM , Rating: 2
Almost all ISP's in the US do not limit usage (at least TW, FIOS,Cox), and if they do they are extremely high caps. A quick survey of UK's offerings shows a lot of plans, if not most with caps. VM being the exception.

RE: The real question is...
By Johnmcl7 on 7/25/2011 8:01:38 PM , Rating: 2
That's right, the caps are the norm in the UK even for those who claim to be unlimited as they tend to apply aggressive traffic shaping policies to restrict heavy users.


RE: The real question is...
By probedb on 7/26/2011 5:34:19 AM , Rating: 2
Sky don't cap on their Unlimited package, nor do O2 nor do BT. Believe I've tested it!

RE: The real question is...
By leexgx on 7/27/2011 11:51:44 PM , Rating: 2
BT hidden cap is 100gb, BT infinity hidden cap is 300gb

that is fact, if you go over it your speeds on BT option 3 goes down to less then 0.5-1mb,

not sure what happens on BT infinity thought

things i have been seeing around is
if your usage reaches 300GB in a month then in peak times for the next 30 days your connection will be throttled to 1MB. between 5pm and midnight (that's Very bad really if it does do that)

quite sure sky has an limit as well just not sure what it is

RE: The real question is...
By kmmatney on 7/25/2011 2:35:28 PM , Rating: 2
My hard drive couldn't handle unlimited 1.5Gb/sec service for very long. I'm sure you'd be limited by whatever server you are getting your information from.

Richard Branson
By AlvinCool on 7/25/2011 12:36:48 PM , Rating: 1
You gotta give this guy credit. Not only is he flying one of the best airlines in the world for both service and comfort, but now he is heading the fastest internet service ever offered.

RE: Richard Branson
By wushuktl on 7/25/2011 12:51:35 PM , Rating: 2
now if only his F1 team could deliver

RE: Richard Branson
By Ushio01 on 7/25/2011 1:27:53 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Richard Branson
By AlvinCool on 7/25/2011 1:56:25 PM , Rating: 2
Well he does own Virgin Airlines. And if you go to you will see that you can book a Virgin flight, get Virgin mobile or get Virgin media. He seems to own all three. With the decisions he makes concerning Virgin Air, why would you consider he didn't make this one?

RE: Richard Branson
By martin5000 on 7/26/11, Rating: 0
RE: Richard Branson
By inperfectdarkness on 7/25/2011 2:28:54 PM , Rating: 1
i vote we give him free reign of the US for implementing his networks. he obviously cares more about providing the customer what he/she wants than ANY of the crappy corporations we have as ISPs here in the USA (comcast, TW, etc).

RE: Richard Branson
By karielash on 7/25/2011 4:22:05 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure about his media company as I now live in the USA, but when I fly home I always fly Virgin Atlantic, the service is nothing short of amazing, it's not cheap by any means but you get what you pay for imo.

RE: Richard Branson
By Aloonatic on 7/26/2011 2:36:51 AM , Rating: 2
Well, the creation of the network had nothing to do with Branson or Virgin. It was a hodge-podge of cable companies (many of who put in sub-standard fibre that had to be replaced or just ran off with the money after doing a fraction of the work) who were then all bought out by either Cable & Wireless and NTL before Virgin bought them all out late on in the game. and have done nothing to add to the network at all.

So if you want Virgin to handle US networks, be prepared to have a friend who lives just a few feet away from you able to get cable while you can't because Virgin can't be bothered to expand their network.

That's what happens in the UK. Their coverage is very patchy, and if you want to live in a new build-home, forget about it.

Shame really, they really really really really really need to work on expanding their network, and could easily capitalise on the bad feeling around Murdoch as BSkyB is Virgin's only competitor in the non-free to air TV market and many people don't want to have to use SKY TV, but like me, they have to as they don't have a cable connection within miles of their home.

Japan faster
By Nyu on 7/25/2011 12:57:06 PM , Rating: 3
They got 10 Gbit u\l for a while in Japan, how is 1,5 "fastest in the world" ? :O

RE: Japan faster
By kingmotley on 7/25/2011 1:07:37 PM , Rating: 2
"some of the fastest" != "the fastest"

RE: Japan faster
By kingmotley on 7/25/2011 1:10:54 PM , Rating: 2
My bad, it was correct in the article, the title was incorrect. I guess I'm used to ignoring the titles that submitters write.

By ender707 on 7/25/2011 3:08:12 PM , Rating: 2
I am going to show this story to the Comcast tech who will be coming to my house in a few days in their continued (lack of) effort to make my 20 mb/s usable during "peak hours".

I spent 20 minutes today explaining to them that I also would like to use the internet during "peak hours", and that is when I expect to have a 20 mb/s connection!

I sounds like Virgin has -Competitors- in the UK, so they are forced to deliver a decent/good/outstanding product in order to stay in business. Comcast, on the other hand...

RE: Gamble
By fleshconsumed on 7/25/2011 3:20:01 PM , Rating: 2
If your node is overloaded there is nothing the tech can do, you're SOL.

RE: Gamble
By ender707 on 7/25/2011 5:33:04 PM , Rating: 2
I could not be more SOL than I am with the node I am on, and I know that. The trick is getting Comcast to admit it - and then trying to find a way to stop them from charging people in these types of areas for connection speed that they can not deliver!

We are not all tech savvy individuals, and I can only imagine how many people on my side of this city continue to pay for the higher tiers - without ever using the internet enough or in the ways (gaming, streaming) where the slow speeds become noticeable.

Never See it
By adrift02 on 7/25/2011 12:41:54 PM , Rating: 2
Glad to see the future potential for Internet speeds. Too bad whoever uses this will be capped by everyone else. What's the average server limit per user, like 1-2MB/s? Sure seems that way...

RE: Never See it
By Pirks on 7/25/2011 1:45:35 PM , Rating: 2
who uses those lame "servers" when you have torrents with unlimited download bandwidth?

Fastest Internet Speed in the World
By Ninhalem on 7/25/2011 12:50:51 PM , Rating: 2
I thought the fastest residential speed in the world belonged to a 79 year old woman in Sweden:

Apparently she has 40 Gigabit.

By YashBudini on 7/26/2011 12:03:09 AM , Rating: 2
Ironically she uses only AOL and only for email.

On the plus side, at least she's not using Time Warner. God knows what the hell they would charge her for that speed.

I need to upgrade my home network...
By MrBungle123 on 7/25/2011 1:05:12 PM , Rating: 2
Its really bad when your internet connection is faster than the 1Gbps LAN that most people are using these days. To even realize the full potential of this on todays hardware you'd need to be running managed switches and NIC teams to all your clients... or have a 10Gbps network. Neither of those options is cheap. Not to mention how many people are running the RAID arrays or SSDs necessary to keep up with that much data coming in off the web/LAN?

That said I say bring it on!

By kmmatney on 7/25/2011 2:38:26 PM , Rating: 2
True - I'm still running 100MB switches and routers at home. Not to mention the fact that most of my computers are wireless. But like you said - bring it on!

Virgin Model
By amanojaku on 7/25/2011 1:16:03 PM , Rating: 2
So, I'm looking at the pic and the first thing that comes to mind is:

Singers: Central Services. We do the work, you do the pleasure.
TV Commercial Pitchman: Hi, there. I want to talk to you about ducts.

Damn you, Terry Gilliam. Damn you.

RE: Virgin Model
By probedb on 7/26/2011 5:40:05 AM , Rating: 2
Amusingly our depts admin team call themselves Central does make me chuckle :)

By Raiders12 on 7/26/2011 7:38:27 AM , Rating: 2
Across the pond, we have 3-4 telecoms controlling/limiting/throttling the nation's internet, where the US continues to lag beyond the WHOLE DEVELOPED WORLD. Greatest country on Earth? Maybe if it wasn't for the love relationship between politics, business, and greed.

RE: Meanwhile...
By robinthakur on 7/26/2011 1:30:30 PM , Rating: 2
Funnily enough, the UK used to be WAY behind the US in terms of Broadband with us jealously eyeing your ADSL lines, but yer, now with all the throttling and usage caps in america, it's nuts! I pay £8 per month for a 20Mb connection and I wouldn't have believed it in 1995 lol

By toyotabedzrock on 7/25/2011 1:50:44 PM , Rating: 1
If they want business to grow they will need fiber all the way. No server hosting company or tech firm will accept cable with a limit on upload speed.

They need to encourage Tier 2 providers to wire the area, anything else is just a publicity stunt on the part of government policy.

And why would they use docsis 2 and not docsis 3? They basically hacked together a network with old equipment.

RE: Useless
By amanojaku on 7/25/2011 2:29:09 PM , Rating: 2
If they want business to grow they will need fiber all the way. No server hosting company or tech firm will accept cable with a limit on upload speed.
This is for residences, not businesses.
And why would they use docsis 2 and not docsis 3? They basically hacked together a network with old equipment.
Always check the source. Virgin has used DOCSIS 3.0 as the standard for a while now. My guess is Tiffany copied the "2" from the source article, where "DOCSIS2" was a footnote. Cut-and-paste wouldn't preserve that.

1.5Gbps? ok, and so?
By mackx on 7/26/2011 4:43:55 AM , Rating: 3
1: - not in london so can't get this.
2: - not in a cabled area so couldn't get this anyway.

i'll stick with my unlimited, unthrottled, unfupped 20meg for £10 a month

Headline is incorrect.
By Digimonkey on 7/25/2011 1:09:03 PM , Rating: 2
The original article states that it is the fastest cable connection in the world, not fastest broadband connection.

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