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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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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

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