BROADBAND PROVIDER Virgin Media has announced it will double the broadband speeds of over 4 million users in the UK.
The upgraded bandwidth, which will begin rolling out next month, will see a new top speed in the UK of 120Mbit/s, up from 100Mbit/s. Virgin Media said that subscribers to its 10Mbit/s through 50Mbit/s services will get at least double the speed.
Prime Minister David Cameron said, "I welcome this announcement from Virgin Media; it will provide a great boost for the economy and change the way many households, consumers and businesses use the internet. Rolling out superfast broadband across the country is a critical part of our plan to upgrade the UK's infrastructure and build a new and smarter economy."
Virgin Media said the upgrade will take around 18 months and will be completed by mid-2013. It added that the "ambitious initiative" will "catapult Britain into the world's broadband premier league".
The upgrade will be free for Virgin Media customers. It also supports the government's plan to ensure that consumers have access to high speed broadband by 2015.
Andrew Ferguson, editor of Thinkbroadband.com said, "Once the 18 month programme is complete, it means that around a quarter of Virgin Media customers will be meeting the basic speed requirement of 30Mb which is an EU target for 2020, many years ahead of time. Thus the news is good for UK broadband as a whole and should highlight that the UK is not the internet backwater sometimes it is portrayed as." µ
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