Feeds

Virgin Media to push out nimble new broadband speeds

Telco to burn £110m on shoving 120Mbps through fibre

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Virgin Media is planning to whip its broadband into a wild gallop in a £110m upgrade that will produce a top speed of 120Mbps.

The company won't be charging its existing customers for the new speeds, and folks who have an old modem incapable of handling the super-fast internet – such as those on the 20Mbps package – will get a new one free.

The smokin' hot broadband speeds were enough to prompt praise from UK prime minister David Cameron, who reckons the upgrade will boost the economy. One of the government's ambitions is to have sizzling internet available for 90 per cent of homes in the UK by 2015.

The upgrade, which will start in February and take 18 months to complete, will turn Virgin's 10Mbps package to 20Mbps; 20Mbps and 30Mbps packages to 60Mbps; 50Mbps package to 100Mbps; and its 100Mbps package to 120Mbps. Technically speaking, the new services aren't going to require any major work on the network, just a wee bit of engineering at the hubs to get its DOCSIS 3.0 network to bond more channels together.

Virgin still has plenty of space on its network, so loads of surfers using up to 120Mbps shouldn't be a problem. The company has previously tested speeds of 200Mbps and 1.5Gbps on the same fibre.

The provider spends millions every year to maintain and expand its network – the legacy wiring from NTL and Telewest. The only other service provider in the country with any super-fast ambitions in action is BT, which is in the process of rolling out a fibre network across the country. This means smaller ISPs such as Talk Talk, BSkyB and O2 will have to consider investing in their own networks or risk being left behind. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills
BT and Co: Independence vote likely to mean 'increased costs'
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars
Symbian's David Wood bares all. Not for the faint hearted
Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets
... into submission. Weve squeals, ditches payment plans
'Serious flaws in the Vertigan report' says broadband boffin
Report 'fails reality test' , is 'simply wrong' and offers ''convenient' justification for FTTN says Rod Tucker
This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...
Who us, dodgy? Vast majority of mobile apps fail privacy test
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.