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Virgin Media UK Confirms 300Mbps Broadband Package.. for SMEs

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 (1:08 pm) - Score 3,285
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Last month Virgin Media dashed hopes a little by increasing their top cable (EuroDOCSIS3) broadband speeds from 152Mbps to 200Mbps, which was below the long predicted rate of 300Mbps (here). But the ISP has today confirmed that a 300Mbps service will come, albeit initially only for businesses.

According to the announcement, which was made at today’s Broadband World Forum event in London, the new 300Mbps service will launch via Virgin Media Business to SME customers during the first half of 2016 (probably towards the earlier part of the year).

It’s important to distinguish this new 300Mbps package from VMB’s other leased line and big business focused products, which can already deliver much faster speeds. The new tier would instead slot in alongside VMB’s existing “Fibre Business Broadband” products that are aimed at smaller businesses, which currently only go up to 152Mbps (12Mbps upload) for £35-40 per month (related products).

Tom Mockridge, Virgin Media CEO, said:

In the coming weeks we will announce that from next year we will take our top small business speed to 300mbs. From next year we will say to small businesses and home office workers that they can have 300 mbps. That will help entrepreneurs across the UK.”

Historically the related products have tended to closely mirror those of Virgin Media’s domestic tiers. The usual rumours have already hinted that a 300Mbps product may yet surface for residential consumers during early 2016, most likely alongside the release of Virgin Media’s new SuperHub v3 router that is currently in trial, but this has not been confirmed.

UPDATE 1:30pm

Added a quote from Tom Mockridge’s speech today.

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15 Responses
  1. TheManStan

    Was there any mention on the upload, as that is going to be more important to business clients. Opportunity for VM to outdo BT here.

    • None. We haven’t had an official press release yet as it’s only just come from a BWF speech. I have asked for details, but the related packages usually mirror VM’s domestic tiers in both download and upload.

    • Darren

      “From next year we will say to small businesses and home office workers that they can have 300 mbps. That will help entrepreneurs across the UK.”
      Who is he trying to kid, or is that symetrical! Now that is funny.

  2. adslmax Real

    300/12

  3. JamesM

    So.. go for 152 now and upgrade to 300 when it comes? I already have a small business line where I pay for 50 and get 152 for the same price

  4. DTMark

    “we will announce that from next year we will take our top small business speed to 300mbs”

    Shouldn’t that read “up to 300Mbps”? 😉 Someone forgot the prefix.

    That said, even a consistent 100Mbps but bursting to 300Mbps is impressive if the price is right.

    But a comment above is very accurate – I’ve got used to 50Mbps upstream with 4G and fixed-line (VDSL and cable) just aren’t any competition even when running at their optimum.

    It’s rather sad when many are going to see much faster performance uploading from their mobiles with the Wi-Fi *turned off*.

    • Darren

      Can you link the package your on? 50Mbps upload sounds good.

    • DTMark

      It’s just a normal EE data SIM.

      We’re about 2500m from the base station with an antenna on the roof and a 4 to 5 bar signal.

    • Darren

      Thanks but I was after the package details because you keep saying fixed line can’t compete with your 4G. If true I would be moving to 4G for the potentially higher upload speed but the devil is in the detail.

      Looking at the packages (if I’m looking at the right ones) the top one with the most data allowance of 25GB/month is £30. Then if you want more data allowance it’s 2GB for £15 which expires after 30 days.

      Last month for the upload alone we transfered 215GB, on EE 4G that would cost £1425 per month. Not a competitive sum of money I’m sure you’ll agree.

      For us, while 4G has the potential for faster upload speeds it can’t compete with fixed line. The data costs are just too high.

      You may have 50Mbps upload but your hardly using it, unless your rich. The main point of a faster upload is to shift more data. At 50Mbps in a single hour you’ll chew through over two thirds of your entire monthly data allowance.

      I’m sorry but 4G isn’t a replacement for fixed line and championing it based on it’s speed is ridiculous while data costs are so high. It may work for some people in some areas, where they don’t use much data and can get a good signal, but switching to 4G for better upload speeds is going to leave you dissapointed when you realise you can’t utilise those speeds.

  5. TTT

    12Mbps is laughable for any business.
    You can’t even run a simple website on that, let alone on-premises Exchange or client services

    • DTMark

      Although I know that people do the above: I’m intrigued as to why.

      For business-critical email, outsource to the likes of Intermedia, and for hosting, for instance Rackspace.

      Most SMEs simply do not have the in-house resource to support these things properly.

      The desire to run these things in-house is what tips me to a leased line solution (symmetric and/or with the appropriate SLA) at business type prices. And that is not what this is about.

    • FibreFred

      Exactly hosted vps are so cheap much better to have it off site

    • Ignition

      You would host a company website, Exchange and ‘client services’ from an office via broadband?

      Surely all of those would be hosted in a data centre where the appropriate levels of resilience in terms of connectivity and power can be delivered?

      My own employer use Outlook 365 for email, AWS and Salesforce for ‘client services’, cloud computing for the win, and the website lives on dedicated hosting in a data centre. If necessary we can employ a CDN to harden it and make it more resilient.

      A company so small that they want to host key services on broadband likely doesn’t have the expertise or resources to do it properly and should really leave it to professionals.

  6. Ignition

    The upload will not be 12Mb. Perhaps closer to 20. No worse than 15/16.

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