Virgin’s 50Mbps service could see soft launch by end-October

7 Oct 2008

According to online news source Digital Spy, UK cableco Virgin Media is aiming to pilot its 50Mbps broadband service by the end of October 2008. Citing comments made by Virgin Media’s CEO Neil Berkett at a conference in New York, the report also claims that the operator is hoping to extend coverage of the service to approximately 40% of the UK by the end of 2008. The new offering will use DOCSIS 3.0 technology which has a theoretical maximum downstream speed of 200Mbps and upstream speed of 108Mbps; Virgin has not yet revealed the upload speeds it will offer for the service. Existing customers will also need a new modem due to the new technology but costs for that, and the pricing structure for the service itself are still under wraps.

United Kingdom, Virgin Media