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[Engadget] Virgin Media pushes top tier speed to 120mbps

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http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/09/virgin-media-120-mbps/

wow, a company that actually invests it's profits back into it's infrastructure!

others please take notice *cough* at&t *cough*

At&t: "our networking infrastructure can't take all the traffic, so we throttle and cap"

How it should be : "our networking infrastructure can't take increased traffic, so we invest a little bit of our record profits into improving it"
Edited by mnkeyprince - 10/9/12 at 6:00am
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Originally Posted by mnkeyprince View Post

http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/09/virgin-media-120-mbps/
wow, a company that actually invests it's profits back into it's infrastructure!
others please take notice *cough* at&t *cough*
At&t: "our networking infrastructure can't take all the traffic, so we throttle and cap"
How it should be : "our networking infrastructure can't take increased traffic, so we invest a little bit of our record profits into improving it"

How it actually is. "we'll just increase everyone's speeds without improving our infrastructure at all, creating huge peak time bottlenecks"

It might sound great on paper, but VM are far from perfect.
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Exactly, it may sound good but they also do actually throttle you quite heavily up until 9pm in the evening. The download limit is 5gb afaik and if you go over that your speed gets throttled to 512kbps for a good few hours.
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512kbps what package are you on?
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Exactly, it may sound good but they also do actually throttle you quite heavily up until 9pm in the evening. The download limit is 5gb afaik and if you go over that your speed gets throttled to 512kbps for a good few hours.

You get throttled to 25% of your bandwidth for 5 hours if you're in the top 5% of downloaders, which usually ends up about 3.5gb. If you were on 50mb, you'll be throttled to 12.5 and so on...

Those on the 100mb will never get throttled.
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512kbps what package are you on?

Careful reading would have sufficed wink.gif

That's the speed it can drop down to if throttled.
    
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They pushed the doubling back a few months in my area. Was originally June but now it's December frown.gif.

Will be going from 50 - 100 though!
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wow, a company that actually invests it's profits back into it's infrastructure!
others please take notice *cough* at&t *cough*
At&t: "our networking infrastructure can't take all the traffic, so we throttle and cap"
AT&T is a Tier 1 network. They most definitely aren't having any trouble handling traffic. They might be having trouble finding pockets to store all that money though.
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Careful reading would have sufficed wink.gif
That's the speed it can drop down to if throttled.

It's not though, Virgin's slowest internet speed is 10mb. A throttle would have you at 2.5mb. I think that's why he asked.

Being throttled to 0.5mb means you'd be on 2mb normally, which isn't quite right.
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This is all well and good but they just keep upping and upping the speeds, all the while without upgrading their gear. It will be those at the bottom who suffer surely?
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