Virgin Media trials 10Mbps upload, reduces price of 50Mbps deal
It's the future, I tells ya. Upload speeds as fast as lightening, or at least faster than most broadband user's download speeds. Virgin Media is about to test broadband upload speeds of up to 10Mbps, barely two years since Virgin and other mainstream broadband suppliers were selling us the dream of 8Mbps for downloading.
Virgin Media states that at this super duper speed, a user could upload a memory card full of full frontal images to The Hun* in just two minutes, although that's based on a 128Mb card containing 75 photos at 1.6Mb each. That's a low resolution and titchy card size for even an average digital camera these days; Virgin are seemingly throwing around small numbers to make the service sound more impressive when they didn't really need to - 10 Mbps upload sounds very decent without an example.
Virgin is planning trials in the North East and Midlands. Of course the usual caveats apply - the speeds will be up to 10Mbps, meaning the chance of actually achieving that transfer rate may be roughly equal to that of Ferne Cotton putting in a full week's work on Radio 1.
Virgin are also cutting the price of its 50Mbps deal, which according to the company is now available in 12 million households. Currently the package costs £35 for existing customers with a Virgin Media landline, and £50 for broadband alone. From 1st September, customers with a landline will pay £28, while those without can have the service for £38.