City now best connected in the region, says Virgin Media

Daily Echo: City now best connected in the region, says Virgin Media City now best connected in the region, says Virgin Media

VIRGIN Media has announced that it has now completed its fibre optic cable roll out in Southampton, claiming the city is now the best connected in the UK.

Southampton was chosen by Virgin Media as the first region to receive 100 megabytes per second service, giving residents and businesses a lead on other conurbations.

Eighty thousand homes and business in the city and wider region, including Eastleigh and Chandler’s Ford, are now passed by the cables.

And Virgin reports tens of thousands of customers have now signed up to receive their services.

Virgin Media’s director of public affairs, Tony Pilch, said: “It has been a great success. Our plan was to give the residents of Southampton a unique service, providing the first city-wide 100 megabytes per second service and we’re delighted with the results.

“Our research showed that it was Southampton that was best likely to grasp the potential and possibilities created by this kind of service, and so far we have been proved correct in that assumption.”

Work on laying cables throughout the city started in October 2011 taking in first the Shirley, Bitterne and Harefield areas. The final sections in Eastleigh were completed recently.

“There are a few pockets of homes and businesses that we could target if requested, but the project has reached its set target for the time being,” added Mr Pilch.

The download speeds provided by the new cabling means users can now use high speeds to access TV and Internet services at much greater speeds than previously.

A music album can now be downloaded in minutes as opposed to half an hour when broadband was first introduced.

Film-lovers can now stream a movie to their appliances in less than five minutes.

“But it is businesses where the nettle appears to have been grasped the most, added Mr Pilch.

“The benefits for business customers are obvious. The speed at which material can be transferred at such a faster pace is what is interesting companies and their clients,” he said.

Virgin Media is targeting Southampton again as one of its chosen cities for a fact-finding mission backed by founder Sir Richard Branson.

The Big Red Box will be part of an initiative from the media company to explore how customers are reacting to the digital age and what they want to see in the future.

Mr Pilch said: “Having dug up all these roads and laid all this cable to create, what we believe, is a richer life for people, we want to make sure we understand what that really means. That’s why we are asking people, families, singles, all ages, what they hope for, are concerned about, imagine a digital future will be.”

p The Big Red Box will be at Bargate Markets, Bargate Southampton, tomorrow from 10am to 4pm. More details at ourdigitalfuture.

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1:05pm Thu 29 Nov 12

G0Rf says...

My brother lives in Hedge End.....his advertised speed is between 1Mbps and 3Mbps.......usualy around 500Kbps though.

When are Virgin Media going to roll it out to Hedge End?
My brother lives in Hedge End.....his advertised speed is between 1Mbps and 3Mbps.......usualy around 500Kbps though. When are Virgin Media going to roll it out to Hedge End? G0Rf
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1:23pm Thu 29 Nov 12

southy says...

G0Rf wrote:
My brother lives in Hedge End.....his advertised speed is between 1Mbps and 3Mbps.......usualy around 500Kbps though.

When are Virgin Media going to roll it out to Hedge End?
When the council gives planning premission
[quote][p][bold]G0Rf[/bold] wrote: My brother lives in Hedge End.....his advertised speed is between 1Mbps and 3Mbps.......usualy around 500Kbps though. When are Virgin Media going to roll it out to Hedge End?[/p][/quote]When the council gives planning premission southy
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1:24pm Thu 29 Nov 12

southy says...

This as been the best system since NTL took over the cables.
And its not just southampton with this system
This as been the best system since NTL took over the cables. And its not just southampton with this system southy
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1:37pm Thu 29 Nov 12

DJ Teh says...

Shame they can't pull their finger out and cable Knowle Village. We have no access to Virgin at all as there is no cable laid. The fastest broadband speed is 4mbps if you are lucky and BT are the only supplier. No LLU here.
Shame they can't pull their finger out and cable Knowle Village. We have no access to Virgin at all as there is no cable laid. The fastest broadband speed is 4mbps if you are lucky and BT are the only supplier. No LLU here. DJ Teh
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2:00pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Tone says...

Terrible grasp of technical details DE. Eight bits in a byte, chaps.

800 megabits per second = 100 megabytes per second.

100 megabits per second = 12.5 megabytes per second.

Virgin offer the latter, not the former as the article states.
Terrible grasp of technical details DE. Eight bits in a byte, chaps. 800 megabits per second = 100 megabytes per second. 100 megabits per second = 12.5 megabytes per second. Virgin offer the latter, not the former as the article states. Tone
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2:06pm Thu 29 Nov 12

-stiv- says...

How much they pay you for this nice little write up?
How much they pay you for this nice little write up? -stiv-
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8:58pm Thu 29 Nov 12

bazzeroz says...

Advertised and received speeds are 2 different things. Someone told me that when its connected from the street they don't use fibre optic cable so it 'loses' its speed. Seems a bit pointless. Is this correct?
Advertised and received speeds are 2 different things. Someone told me that when its connected from the street they don't use fibre optic cable so it 'loses' its speed. Seems a bit pointless. Is this correct? bazzeroz
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10:48am Fri 30 Nov 12

kingnotail says...

So, good for internet, still crap for everything else you could possibly imagine then?
So, good for internet, still crap for everything else you could possibly imagine then? kingnotail
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10:57am Fri 30 Nov 12

Tone says...

Well it won't walk your dog or make coffee, no.
Well it won't walk your dog or make coffee, no. Tone
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11:38pm Sun 2 Dec 12

kingnotail says...

Tone wrote:
Well it won't walk your dog or make coffee, no.
Ha! I was talking about Southampton.
[quote][p][bold]Tone[/bold] wrote: Well it won't walk your dog or make coffee, no.[/p][/quote]Ha! I was talking about Southampton. kingnotail
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11:53pm Sun 2 Dec 12

Tone says...

kingnotail wrote:
Tone wrote:
Well it won't walk your dog or make coffee, no.
Ha! I was talking about Southampton.
At least here in Southampton we can reply to threads in less than two days ;)
[quote][p][bold]kingnotail[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tone[/bold] wrote: Well it won't walk your dog or make coffee, no.[/p][/quote]Ha! I was talking about Southampton.[/p][/quote]At least here in Southampton we can reply to threads in less than two days ;) Tone
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