Wanna Download Films in 3 Minutes and Music Albums in 10 Seconds? No Problem, Says Virgin Media.
Virgin Media launched what they claim to be 'Britain’s fastest ever broadband service' yesterday - a 50MB service that is 9x faster than the existing regular broadband average speed of 5.5MB in the UK. It does come with a high price tag, though.
The new Virgin Media service claims that consumers on the service would be able to download films in 3 minutes, or full TV programmes in 1 minute. Industry specialists welcome the concept, but question the legitimacy of the speeds suggested. But the concept of download a whole music album in just a bit over 10 seconds, and full HD Films in 15 Minutes, is not new. Japan's average speed surpasses 60MB, and even France's 18MB average is more than twice that of the actual current speeds in the UK. According to The Daily Telegraph:
The firm said this month it was making the service available to 1.3million homes in Dudley, Liverpool, parts of Tyneside, Hayes, Wigan, Croydon, Bradford, Dundee, Glenrothes and Wolverhampton.
The days of spending hours on a 28.8 bps modem blocking the phone line may be long gone, but Virgin's new service does come at a price tag of £51 per month. Customers on the landline phone service at £11/month do get it at a discounted price of an extra £35 a month, and Virgin's plan is that by next summer, 12.6million homes will have access to the fiber optic service across the country.
Now, Virgin Media's 'technical support' is a whole different matter. Be prepared to to spend hours dealing with a call center in India reading template responses off a TV screen. Perhaps Virgin's plan to cut 2,200 jobs by 2012 should start there?