Virgin hooks up more towns to 100Mbps broadband

Five more UK towns have been connected to Virgin Media's 100Mbps service, as the ISP continues its 'ultrafast' cable broadband rollout started at the end of last year.On Tuesday, the ISP said that the next-generation broadband service is now on sale in Cheshunt and Hatfield, in Hertfordshire; Southport; Pentwyn near Cardiff; and Treforest, Rhondda Cynon Taf in Wales.

Five more UK towns have been connected to Virgin Media's 100Mbps service, as the ISP continues its 'ultrafast' cable broadband rollout started at the end of last year.

On Tuesday, the ISP said that the next-generation broadband service is now on sale in Cheshunt and Hatfield, in Hertfordshire; Southport; Pentwyn near Cardiff; and Treforest, Rhondda Cynon Taf in Wales. It will reach 150,000 households in these towns, adding to the 200,000 already hooked up in Barry, Colchester, Farnborough and West Yorkshire.

Customers will pay Virgin £45 a month, or £35 if part of a bundle, for 100Mbps download speeds and 10Mbps uploads.

Virgin's cable-based broadband is the fastest from a major ISP in the UK, though BT has promised to start offering 100Mbps fibre-to-the-premise service by March. In addition, BT-owned ISP PlusNet has begun trials of a fibre-to-the-cabinet service with average download speeds of 30Mbps.

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