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Virgin Media is launching new broadband packages which can run up to a speed of 200Mbps. Packages offering 100Mbps or more come under its new Vivid brand, which has ultrafast connectivity and broadband speeds. This new service was available to customers from 1 October 2015. The new packages provide speeds of 70Mbps, 150Mbps and 200Mbps. Even the lowest of these matches the broadband speeds at the top end of the range available from providers operating on the BT network.The aim of these upgrades is to offer the optical fibre speed that is necessary for the data usage needs of the current generation. Data usage on the Virgin Media network is currently growing at a rate of 60 per cent every year, and if the trend continues data usage will be 10,000 per cent higher by 2025. According to Virgin, 90 per cent of its customers will be able to upgrade by the end of 2015. The higher speeds will be made possible by the use of DOCSIS 3 technology, which allows more data to be carried over the existing network
Homeowners would be willing to pay out an additional £14,000 for a new home if it had so-called hyperfast internet connection speeds. That is according to research commissioned by internet service provider Hyperoptic - a company that provides 1000Mbps Fibre-to-the-Premises broadband services. It's clear from the research that internet access is a vital consideration when people are looking to move, as 31 per cent of respondents said they wouldn't relocate to a new property until a broadband line had been activated. What's more, some 61 per cent of respondents said they would check broadband speeds before they considered renting or buying a house or flat. The study found homes with speeds of less than 6Mbps were enough to turn off potential movers; 14 Mbps was the minimum people stated they were willing to put up with. Broadband is so important that more than half of those questioned (58 per cent) said it came above having an additional bedroom on the priority list, while 62 per cent said it was as or more crucial than nice neighbours. Nearly one-third of those questioned (32 per cent) said it was equally or more vital than off-street parking. Hyperopics head of products Steve Holford said: "Ultrafast broadband make a property more marketable; people are increasingly reliant on their connection and need it to cope with their current and future bandwidth demands." He advised would-be movers to check speeds before they make the leap and suggested consumers check out websites such as Rightmove, as they list how fast internet connections are in listed properties.
Hundreds of homes in Croydon have been left without phone or broadband after thieves cut and attempted to steal cables near homes and business in the area. Crimestoppers has joined forces with BT's Openreach to appeal for information about the crimes, and rewards of £1,000 have been offered to those who may have more details. Engineers were sent to carry out emergency repair work on the cables, which were damaged last month (August 20th). London campaigns manager for Crimestoppers Regan Hook said: "Theft and damage of cables is not a victimless crime … businesses can lose out financially, and families might not be able to make that all important call." He urged anyone who may have seen the attacks, which took place in Addiscombe, Waddon and New Cross, to get in touch.