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Virgin Media says it will give businesses broadband speeds four times faster than its rivalsNICK ANSELL/PA
Virgin Media has announced plans for a new broadband service aimed at small and medium-sized businesses, claiming that they will benefit from speeds up to four times faster than its rivals. Voom Fibre, which will be launched on May 2, will offer users standard speeds of 350 megabits per second (mbps). Virgin is taking advantage of big changes in Britain’s broadband market, amid growing dissatisfaction with the performance of BT, the nation’s biggest operator.
Ofcom, the industry watchdog, recently forced BT to spin off Openreach into a legally separate business to allay concerns that it was restricting competition. Peter Kelly, managing director of Virgin Media Business, said: “With the launch of Voom Fibre we want to unleash every small business by providing the digital backbone… Want to read more?
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Q I have converted a barn on my property to let as a holiday home, but I am losing money because I can’t get BT to install broadband. I have it in my own property, but I have been trying since November to get it for the barn, as guests will want wi-fi. What can I do if I can’t get broadband?
Laura Harcourt, Devon
A You can persist and wait this out with BT, or take matters into your own hands, as a vacant property is costing you money.
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