Want to download an HD movie in less than 5 minutes? It’s no longer a distant dream for the people in the UK, especially if they are Virgin Media customers.
The internet service provider is all set to provide the fastest ever data download speed to its customers – 150 Mbps ((megabits per second). The service will be available by February, next year.
Now there is no need to test your patience for hours while waiting for a video to load up or to suffer from slow Internet. With Virgin Media announcing that it is going to increase its broadband speed, things have started looking pretty much optimistic for the people of the United Kingdom.
As the number of households in the UK using internet to stream videos, films, music and TV has increased in the past few years, the need for a faster internet service is felt more ardently. The timely announcement from Virgin Media is sure to bring smile on the faces of avid internet users of the country.
In a country where the lowest download speed is a little less than 15 Mbps for home internet, (75% of home internet users today have access to a download speed of 30 MBPS or more) the internet service provider is promising a service 10 times faster than the lowest. However, for the time being to take advantage of this blistering fast internet, you need to live in an area covered by Virgin’s fibre optic service. In near future, the company will probably be able to provide an equally fast broadband service to the rural areas.
Virgin Media Broadband has already been providing the fastest service through its Fibre Optic network that provides a download speed of up to 100 Mbps. None of its competitors have been able to come up with a broadband service faster than this. But with the announcement of increasing the speed for an even faster broadband service, the company exceeded itself.
So what exactly can you do with 150 Mbps download speed? Here is what Virgin Media has to say about it:
- A music album (60MB) in 7 seconds
- A TV show (350MB) in less than 40 seconds
- A movie (1GB) in about a minute
- A HD movie (4GB) in about 4 minutes
Sounds pretty exciting, isn’t it? Will this new top speed internet be able to live up to its expectations? Only time will tell.
While talking about this all new top speed offering, Tom Mockridge, Virgin Media’s chief executive officer, said: “As people connect more things simultaneously to the internet more often, they need powerful broadband… Our top speed will be twice as fast as BT and all the others reliant on their old copper telephony infrastructure as we extend our lead as Britain’s ultrafast broadband provider.”
Although offering 150 mbps download speed for their top speed offering, Virgin Media will continue to offer its 30, 60 and 120Mbps tiers too. According to a company spokesperson, the customers who will avail these relatively low-speed packages can expect to see a speed increase of “at least” 20Mbps.
With the increase in broadband speed, the price of some of the Virgin Media services is likely to go up. The experts are expecting a 6.7% hike in price in some Virgin Media services.
At present Virgin Media does not have any broadband offering that offer 150 Mbps download speed. What it currently offers is a maximum of 100 Mbps download speed for which it charges £35 per month. The new top speed broadband, when it hits the market is expected to come with a higher price tag.