Virgin could soon offer 150Mb broadband speed


BBC report that Virgin could offer 150Mb broadband speeds two years before BT even completes its rival fibre network. BT have set that date set for UK cities by early 2010, and nationwide by 2012. This is a big step up from the current top speed of 50Mbps Virgin offer.

We have an opportunity with our network to provide significantly higher speeds,” Virgin Media’s chief executive Neil Berkett told the media giant. However, he confirms that right now, it does not make good business sense to make the step-up. “When we look at the market I don’t see us getting the returns right now for 100 or 150Mbps.

Berkett goes onto comment the current (FTTC) network was capable of supporting up to 150Mbps, but its roll out was a “function of timing“.

If BT were to meet the time frame they have suggested – of finishing by 2012 – I would see us as having much, much faster upstream speed, running at a minimum of 100Mbps downstream and possibly more. You can see a real opportunity there.