Virgin Media Tops Ofcom Broadband Speed Test
Virgin Media Broadband (virginmedia.com/broadbandspeeds) has come out top in the UK’s most comprehensive broadband speed research conducted by Ofcom and broadband monitoring specialists SamKnows.
During May 2010, over 18 million performance tests were carried out in 1,500 UK homes with the results (published on Wednesday) showing that fibre optic cable broadband services delivered much faster actual download speeds than comparable ADSL services provided via a telephone line.
Virgin Media’s up to 10Mbps and up to 20Mbps fibre optic broadband packages delivered actual average download speeds of between 8.2Mbps to 8.8Mbps and 15.7Mbps to 17.3Mbps respectively.
These speeds were found to be around twice as fast as the actual average speeds recorded for those ADSL packages from the likes of Sky, O2 and Plusnet with the same or similar headline ‘up to’ speed.
Commenting on the research, Virgin Media’s Executive Director of Broadband, Jon James said: “Ofcom’s broadband speeds report again proves Virgin Media is consistently more than twice as fast as any of our ADSL competitors. Because we use a next generation fibre optic cable network, our customers can be confident of receiving 90% of the headline speed they buy from us”.
Virgin Media’s up to 50Mbps broadband package was found to deliver actual average download speeds of between 44.4Mbps and 46.5Mbps.
Virgin Broadband prices, when taken with Virgin Media telephone line rental, start from £5 a month for their 10Mbps package, £10 per month for 20Mbps and £15 a month for 50Mbps. Weekend phone calls to UK landlines are included.
55% of UK homes are able to access Virgin Media’s fibre optic broadband network, while no MAC code is usually required from a customer’s existing broadband provider to switch to Virgin Media.
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