Virgin Media Fibre Optic Broadband

March 12, 2015
by Alex Tough

Virgin Media is the current leader of the superfast fibre optic broadband pack, regularly topping the list in Ofcom’s broadband speed tests. Virgin Media’s fibre optic cable network covers more than half of the country.

Current Fibre Network Availability

With billions already invested in its fibre network, mostly in urban areas, almost half of the UK population can already access Virgin Media’s ‘supercharged’ broadband with speeds of up to 50Mb, 100Mb and 152Mb.

Virgin Media’s 100Mb broadband service is already available to more than a third of the UK.

Future Plans for Fibre Optic

Virgin Media is continuing to upgrade its fibre network. As well as continuing to roll out its cable network, it has started an upgrade project to increase download speeds for existing customers. That means its old 30Mb, 60Mb and 100Mb packages will each become ‘supercharged’. Its 30Mb is increasing to 50Mb, its 60Mb to 100Mb and its 100Mb packages will be bumped up to 152Mb.

Virgin Media has recently been in the news regarding their plan of investing £3 billion in expanding its fibre optic broadband network and expand its reach from 13 million to 17 million homes. This new expansion plan has been described as the biggest investment in the UK’s broadband infrastructure for more than a decade. Further information on this plan can be found here.

Speeds

According to Virgin Media, the amount of data being downloaded by its customers has grown by an average of 43% a year since 2007. With demand for the increased bandwidth provided by faster speeds at an all time high, Virgin Media has clearly focused itself on catering for the high usage consumer.

Virgin Media’s chief executive, Neil Berkett, said: “We have continued to focus relentlessly on delivering superior services tailored to the needs of data-hungry households.”

Virgin Media consistently performs well in telecom regulator Ofcom’s broadband speed tests, regularly delivering actual speeds between 90-96% of the advertised speeds.

What are the Benefits of Fibre Optic Broadband?

Having a fibre optic broadband connection brings an array of benefits:

  • Increasing your profits by offering better services to more satisfied customers
  • Future-proofing your business with the latest technology to meet your customers’ needs
  • Reducing software and hardware costs by helping you switch to online data storage solutions
  • Improving your customers’ experience with quicker, communication and faster file-sharing thanks to higher upload and download speeds, especially for large files
  • Enhancing the way you communicate and collaborate through online video conference and cloud-based information sharing
  • Setup video cameras to use your fast internet connection for security monitoring.

Fibre Optic vs Traditional Phone Line Broadband

After dial-up internet connections came broadband. Delivered via the nationwide network of copper telephone wires, broadband enabled users to stay permanently connected to the internet and didn’t tie up the land line while users were online.

However, broadband delivered via telephone wire is subject to a range of factors which significantly reduce the actual speed of your connection, including distance from the exchange and quality of the wiring. This means that the speeds that consumers get are rarely close to the “up to” speeds advertised.

Fibre optic is the next-generation of broadband and is considered “futureproof”. Fibre cables were designed for lightning fast data transfer and, while there are still some of the same factors affecting the connection speed, these have a much smaller impact. This means consumers get actual broadband speeds significantly closer to the advertised speeds than users connected via the telephone network can achieve.