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UK Prime Minister Hints at 100Mb Virgin Media Launch this Week and Broadband Plan

Posted: 25th Oct, 2010 By: MarkJ
virgin media uk cheap broadband and phoneThe UK Prime Minster (PM), David Cameron, has this morning given a keynote speech to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in which he appears to have stolen the thunder from cable giant Virgin Media by apparently revealing the ISPs target to launch their new 100Mbps superfast broadband service this week.

Cameron also confirmed his goal to publish, today, a more detailed plan for how the government would "unlock" £200 billion worth of public and private sector investment and boost the country's infrastructure, including broadband delivery.

PM David Cameron said:

"And today, we are publishing a detailed plan setting out the infrastructure Britain needs and how we will unlock £200 billion worth of public and private sector investment to deliver it.

So we’ll work with utility companies to get more investment in our energy, with construction companies on our roads, with the telecommunications industry on broadband.

This collaboration is already working. Virgin Media is rolling out a new superfast broadband service this week.

Combine that with the support we are giving in rural areas and BT’s planned investment and it will mean that within two years, over thirteen million homes and businesses in the UK – including some in our rural areas – will be hooked up to some of the fastest broadband speeds in the world.

This is incredibly exciting – and a clear demonstration of how determined we are to work with you to build the right framework for growth in Britain."

It's of course no secret that Virgin Media plans to launch its new 100Mbps service before Christmas and we wouldn't be surprised to see it this week. Virgin Media will be revealing its third quarter (Q3) 2010 results on Wednesday, October 27th at 7am, making it the perfect time to announce a new 100Mbps product.

A Virgin Media spokesperson told ISPreview.co.uk :

"Virgin Media currently provides the fastest broadband service in the UK, with our 50Mb service, and we're excited that we will soon be revealing the details of our new ultrafast 100Mb service."

At the time of writing, the government had not yet released the "plan" referred to by Cameron above. It's likely to surface mid-afternoon.
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