British cableco Virgin Media claims to have become the first ‘widely-available’ UK broadband provider to offer downlink speeds of 100Mbps as standard, following a revamping of its tariff plans and the launch of a new ‘Virgin Fibre’ brand. In a press release, the operator also said it was seeking to reaffirm its position as the UK’s ‘ultrafast broadband provider’, confirming that residential customers will now be able to sign up for plans offering downstream speeds of up to 300Mbps.
As a result of Virgin Media’s tariff revisions, its entry-level broadband-only plan – ‘VIVID 100 Solus’ – will now offer 100Mbps/12Mbps down/up speeds for GBP32.25 (USD40.2) per month, including line rental. Meanwhile the cableco’s premium ‘VIVID 300’ plan costs GBP47.25 per month and boosts speeds to up to 300Mbps/20Mbps.
Alongside the service upgrade, Virgin Media has also confirmed that its new Virgin TV V6 box will now be included in its ‘Mix’, ‘Fun’ and ‘Full House’ multi-play bundles as standard. The box, which was launched at the end of last year, allows customers to record six shows while watching a seventh, supports 4K Ultra-High Definition and provides 1TB of storage, allowing 500 hours of SD recordings or 100 hours of HD recordings.