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At Virgin Media we use DOCSIS® 3 technology and a unique thicker insulated cable that runs from the cabinet to your home and retains the speed regardless of the distance.
This means you can get the most out of our awesome fast downstream speeds no matter how far you are from our cabinet and more people in the household can share the connection to do everything they love. Perfect for families who do more, watch more, and have more fun.
Our fastest widely available speeds are nine times* faster than BT and Sky.
What is a good internet speed? What is a good internet speed?
Virgin Media understand the need for a reliable broadband speed, which is why we aim to deliver consistently fast speeds, however busy your household. We’ve put together all the facts, figures and FAQs on what a good internet speed looks like, to back up our claims.
What internet speed do I need? What internet speed do I need?
All of our broadband services are suitable for:
• Web browsing
• HD streaming
• Voice over IP
• Online gaming
• Video calling
For Ultra HD streaming to a TV we recommend having a broadband service that has an advertised download speed of at least 30Mbps.
What broadband speed do I need for Netflix? What broadband speed do I need for Netflix?
The recommended broadband speed for streaming TV services such as BBC iPlayer is at least 1.5Mbps (or 2.8Mbps for HD quality). For Netflix, the minimum speed required is about 3Mbps and 5Mbps for streaming in HD.
What is the average broadband speed in the UK? What is the average broadband speed in the UK?
According to a national annual home broadband report, the average internet speed in the UK is now 64 megabits per second (Mbps), up from 54.2Mbps the year before. If you want to get the most from your broadband services, follow our step-by-step help.
How can I improve my broadband speed? How can I improve my broadband speed?
We’ve put together a handy guide on how to check your broadband performance with some great tips to make sure you’re getting the most from your service: Checking your Virgin Media broadband performance.
What broadband speed can I get in my area? What broadband speed can I get in my area?
We offer the UK’s fastest widely available broadband, with average download speeds of up to 516Mbps and we’ve launched Gig1 Fibre Broadband with download speeds averaging 1,140Mbps! It’s so fast, it can cope with the demands of even the most gadget-filled homes. Simply pop your postcode into our postcode checker to find what speeds are available in your area.
Can trees affect my broadband speed? Can trees affect my broadband speed?
Traditional broadband can be affected by interferences outside your house, however our fibre optic cables are much more reliable in terms of speed and performance. Interferences to your broadband speed are more likely to come from inside your house such as signals from baby monitors, cordless phones or microwaves. Find out how to locate your Hub’s happy place on our dedicated help page.
The legal stuff
VIRGIN FIBRE AREAS ONLY. Subject to survey, network capacity and credit check. If you cancel your service during your minimum term an early disconnection fee will apply. If you upgrade any aspect of the service, standard pricing will apply to that upgrade. Virgin Media reserves the right to withdraw or amend the pricing if you change any part of your package. Virgin Media reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time. Offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer unless stated by Virgin Media.
M100 Fibre Broadband and Phone: New customers only. M100 Fibre Broadband (average download speed 108Mbps) and Talk Weekends. £27 a month for 18 months. Price includes line rental. Standard pricing applies from month 19, currently £51 pm. £35 setup fee applies.
Big bundle: New customers only. TV, M100 Fibre Broadband (average download speed 108Mbps) and Talk Weekends. £29.99 a month for 18 months. Price includes line rental. Standard pricing applies from month 19, currently £62 pm. £35 setup fee applies.
M100 Fibre Broadband: New customers only. M100 Fibre Broadband (average download speed 108Mbps). £44 a month for 18 months. Broadband only. £35 setup fee applies.