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Virgin Media has added five more towns to its list of areas connected to its 100Mb/s cable telly broadband technology.

The lucky locations are Cheshunt and Hatfield in Hertfordshire, Cardiff suburb Pentwyn, Treforest in Rhondda, and Southport on Merseyside.

Virgin's 100Mb/s service is already available to households in Barry, Glamorgan; Colchester, Farnborough and Heckmondwike.

That takes the total potential subscriber base to 350,000 homes.

Virgin said the service delivers an upload speed of up to 10Mb/s. It uses the EuroDOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) 3 broadband standard, which aggregrates multiple 50Mb/s data channels to boost the throughput. Virgin's 100Mb/s modems can actually support eight channels for future 400Mb/s services.

The service costs £45 per month on its own, or £35 when taken with a phone line, which takes the month total to £47.24. Virgin also charges £40 to connect you to its network and a further £30 to activate the connection. ®

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