Virgin Media has thrown down a challenge with the news that its default line speed is now quicker than the top speed offered by rival Internet Service Providers (ISPs). It has made ultrafast broadband standard with new bundles, which means that customers should be to enjoy speeds of 100Mbps and above as standard. And if 100Mbps is not fast enough, Virgin Media has now raised the top line speed for consumers from 200Mbps to 300Mbps, from the end of March.
Need For Speed?
The decision by Virgin Media to revamp its broadband bundles and offer ultrafast speeds of 100Mbps and above as standard, is an aggressive move in the fiercely competitive broaband advertising arena.
Quite how anyone would fully utilise the bandwidth from a 100Mbps (or 300Mbps) connection remains to be seen, but Virgin Media was quick to point out that the top speed from Openreach in comparison is 76Mbps. Virgin Media has also launched the Virgin TV V6 box, will be included in the new Mix, Fun and Full House bundles. And existing customers can upgrade their boxes to the Virgin TV V6 box, with pricing varying depending on the package taken.
“By beefing up our bundles we’re leaving our competitors in the rear view mirror, starting where they finish,” explained Tom Mockridge, CEO of Virgin Media. “Eye-watering speeds, a better box and top-notch TV is a winning combination. “More and more switchers tell us they are joining Virgin Media for our faster speeds and we understand why – whether it’s 4K Netflix, box sets in multiple rooms or online gaming, the best entertainment requires the best broadband and we’re making sure our customers are covered with these bundles at incredible value,” he said. Virgin Media apparently launched its TV V6 box towards the end of last year, and it is being touted as the smallest, smartest and fastest box yet from the company.
It allows people to record six shows while watching a seventh. It also supports 4K Ultra-High Definition and comes with 1TB of storage allowing 500 hours of SD recordings or 100 hours of HD recordings.
Virgin Media of course operates its own network and is not dependent on BT Openreach lines, most of which are deployed via the fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) approach. Earlier this month Virgin Media revealed it was connecting 38,000 homes to its broadband network in Edinburgh and West Lothian, as part of the ongoing ‘Project Lightning’ expansion programme.
It has also connected two million properties to fibre to the premise (FTTP), and will connect 4m properties to its cable network by 2019 – half of which will be FTTP broadband. Quiz: What do you know about Virgin Media? Using a combination of Long-Term Evolution technologies and Network Element series industrial routers, Huawei has designed a next-generation urban rail …
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This week s Wednesday Freebies section consists of topics on- a) London to hold huge free Search Party; b) Free sessions at electric car show in Dunbar; c) Get free sample of Spicebomb perfume from Viktor & Rolf. Also, check out for more freebies in our blog section everyday.
London to hold huge free Search Party
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, will be hosting a massive party, the Search Party. This is a free event as part of the Find Your London festival and it will be held on 20th March, offering 4,000 free tickets to participate. Only that, the party location has been not revealed and it has to be found by those who wish to attend. To find it, you will have to trail through 4 treasure hunts. As part of the event, 4 trails of clues and capers will attempt to lead or mislead those taking part, through secret squares, side-streets and hidden gardens. Participants would have to take risks , collaborate, interact with strangers, to go through the trail, over 2 miles of open spaces in London.
As each clue is solved, it will be revealed in surprising ways, such as a disguised actor or a message in a bottle, to reveal part of the address. Search Party is being organised by Sing London, a not-for-profit group. Find Your London is the final celebration being held from 18th to 28th March. Find everything from photography to bee-keeping, yoga to cycle trails, even an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party hosted. For more details and free tickets1, check out @LdnSerchParty, or register at the website- eventbrite.com.
Free sessions at electric car show in Dunbar
Dunbar will be hosting an electric car show, with two free taster sessions on 17th and 19th March. The show hosted by Energy Saving Trust, at this coastal town of East Lothian, will see the most advanced electric cars available on the market, making their appearance here. Local residents also get the opportunity to find out how the region is ideal to own an electric car. Those visiting will be able to get free taster sessions driving electric vehicles models that include the Nissan LEAF, Renault Zoe, BMW i3, Mitsubishi Outlander and the Tesla Model S. Electric cars claim to be silent, offer reduced pollution and a more comfortable ride. It is hoped that the event will encourage more people to switch, with funding availability to install home charging-points, to benefit from fossil-fuel free transportation. Numerous convenient public charging-points are now live across the region, many within commuting distance.
Harry Mayers, head of new services at the Energy Saving Trust, said the region is an ideal place for electric transport. The first free session2 of the event is in Countess Crescent, at the Bleachingfield Centre, on 17th March (Thursday), from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. Next is on 19th March (Saturday), at Dunbar Garden Centre, Spott Road , Dunbar.
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09:24 Thursday 10 March 2016
Once a month, on a Thursday morning, Westminster has a knockabout comedy show. This consists of Ed Vaizey, the minister in charge of broadband and the digital economy, answering questions from MPs. And lots of questions there are. This month I chided Mr Vaizey again on the poor quality of broadband reception in East Lothian. Other MPs, including Conservative members, made similar local complaints.
Smug Mr Vaizey responds to these queries with a broad smile and an occasional joke. Invariably, he claims the UK has the best and cheapest broadband in Europe. And that soon it is always soon those few corners of the land where decent broadband remains illusive will soon be covered. He then proceeds to rubbish the litany of complaints about nonexistent local broadband and mobile coverage, inferring that MPs are whingers or unduly influenced by commercial competitors of BT. In case you had forgotten, BT has near monopoly control over the supply of fixed-line broadband, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Openreach. The delay in supplying fast broadband to rural areas is largely down to BT s inefficiencies and monopolistic protection of its copper wire connections to most homes. My own position is that BT should be forced to give up ownership of Openreach, which should become an independent utility working with all internet service providers.
Sadly, Ofcom, the communications watchdog, has refused to order BT to make Openreach independent. As a result, money that Openreach should be using to fund new investment in rural broadband has ended up funding BT s entry into sports television. Mr Vaizey was true to form when I reminded him recently that despite his bluster even Belgium has a better digital economy than the UK. He simply took the opportunity to make jokes about Belgium. Where is Hercule Poirot when we need him?