Hybrid fibre cable operator Virgin Media Business has this morning moved to top their consumer division’s recently launched 300Mbps home broadband package (here) by introducing a new “VOOM Fibre” product, which offers a top download speed of 350Mbps (20Mbps upload) to SMEs.
Regular readers will know that we’ve been predicting the introduction of a 350Mbps option for small and medium sized business connections for awhile. The operator was also the first of the two divisions to launch a 300Mbps service, which occurred over a year before (here) they did the same for residential customers via Virgin Media last month.
According to VMB, the new package will become available to new and existing business customers from 2nd May 2017. The introduction is being accompanied by a package revamp that will supply businesses with a choice of three price plans and upload speeds, with a number of bolt-ons and discounts on additional services to help them tailor the product to their specific business needs.
Prices start from £30 +vat per month, with two additional options priced at £40 and then £55 per month.
|Option 1||Option 2||Option 3|
|Monthly download limit||No||No||No|
|Contract||24 months||24 months||24 months|
|Buying options||Online only||Online + phone||Online + phone|
|Voom Fibre + Landline bundle||£45/month||£50/month||£65/month|
It’s important to distinguish this new range of SME focused packages from VMB’s other leased line and big business / corporate focused products, which can already deliver much faster speeds.
Peter Kelly, Managing Director of VMB, said:
“We have for many years now been the champions of small business, in particular entrepreneurs, through both our VOOM Competition platform and our Pioneers Community. With the launch of Voom Fibre we want to unleash every small business by providing the digital backbone they need for their business.
For UK small business to thrive in this evolving digital economy they should have the technical ability and capacity in place so they can focus on development and growth, we are removing a barrier and enabling them to fulfil their digital potential – offering them all the speed they need to achieve success.”
Today we are putting a huge challenge to the market to do better. Our standard speed is now more than four times faster than our competitors’ fastest broadband product and we encourage them to match us to enable and benefit small businesses and the UK economy.”
VMB’s SME customers can also expect to benefit from superior traffic prioritisation vs domestic customers, as well as a static IP address (if requested) and some other things.