Virgin Media in fast lane with 2.2Gbps broadband trial | Infrastructure | News

Elroy Mariano

Virgin Media has successfully delivered next-generation 2.2Gbps broadband speeds using its UK cable network.
Virgin Media giga Edinburgh 2JUly2020

The cableco conducted the trial in Thatcham, Berkshire using DOCSIS 3.1 technology, which brings faster, more reliable broadband speeds to customers’ homes. The multi-gigabit speeds are 34 times faster than the UK’s average broadband speeds.

Virgin Media’s proof-of-concept trial was aimed at showcasing the ultra fast broadband speeds which can be delivered via its existing network, without the need for additional infrastructure or civil engineering works, such as laying new fibre cables.

It comes as Virgin Media has already rolled out its Gig1 broadband speeds (1,140Mbps) to seven areas across the UK – a total of 3.7 million homes – making it the UK’s largest gigabit broadband provider. By the end of 2021, more than 15 million premises across Virgin Media’s network will have access to gigabit speeds.

The ultra fast speeds have been independently verified

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Jio aims to democratize home broadband with plans starting at Rs. 399 per month

Elroy Mariano

After dominating the telecom market, Reliance Jio Infocomm (generally referred to as Reliance Jio or even just Jio) now aims to disrupt the home broadband segment. The company has now announced new affordable plans for its JioFiber broadband starting at Rs. 399 per month offering truly unlimited internet access, 30 days no question asked trial period.

The revamped plans also include an Rs. 699 per month plan that offers data at 100 Mbps, Rs. 999 plan that offers 150 Mbps speed and an Rs. 1499 plan that offers 300 Mbps speed. All these plans are truly unlimited and do not come with an upper limit of usage.

The company has also announced that these plans include unlimited voice calling and symmetric data speeds which essentially means that the download and upload speeds will remain similar.

(Image credit: Jio)

JioFiber new plans

The revamped plans also offer a 4K set-top box

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Three is offering Apple TV+ completely free with this cheap 5G home broadband deal

Elroy Mariano

Yes, you could go the normal route and invest in some affordable broadband deals. Or, for those needing something a little bit more flexible and portable, 4G home broadband could be an excellent choice.

Providing a router that you can move with ease, using a SIM plan in a router to power your devices, 4G (and now 5G too) home broadband can be used at home, on the train, down at the local pub or even at the beach… you would just need a very long extension lead.

And if you’re considering these more flexible internet packages, Three is looking like the obvious place to go. Not only does it have the cheapest prices around and unlimited data on all of its plans, but it is also currently throwing in a free year subscription to Apple TV+.

You can find out more below about Three’s 4G and 5G home broadband

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Jio to offer free internet, voice calls and more for a month to all new JioFiber broadband customers

Elroy Mariano

The 30-day free trial is not restricted to new customers only.

New JioFiber customers activating from September 1 will get a 30-day free trial of the broadband service, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited announced on Monday. This means, all potential customers will be able to “test drive” JioFiber free of cost for a period of 30 days and “if you don’t like the service, we will take it back, no questions asked,” according to a statement released by Jio.

The 30-day free trial is not restricted to new customers only. Existing JioFiber customers who onboarded the service between August 15 and August 31 will also get the 30-day free trial benefit as a voucher in the MyJio app. Speaking of which, Jio is offering some really attractive benefits to rope in more customers to its home broadband service (as also, trying to retain existing ones) in addition to “free” internet.


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Fast Broadband From Orbit? New Data Says SpaceX Can Do It

Elroy Mariano

Elon Musk wants to surround the Earth with a constellation of internet satellites, providing fast, low-latency broadband internet service to every person on Earth who wants it. New data from suggests that he’s well on his way to doing just that. 

Earth surrounded by an image representing an Internet satellite network

Image source: Getty Images.

Facts and figures

Musk has already made progress toward this goal. SpaceX’s 11th “Starlink” launch Tuesday put 58 more internet broadband satellites in orbit, growing the number of functioning satellites to probably 650 or 660 sats. (Each Starlink launch can carry 60 satellites, but the company has recently been giving up a few slots on each mission to customers seeking rideshares to orbit.) 

Tuesday’s launch marked SpaceX’s 98th launch, and its 95th Falcon 9 launch. After delivering its payload, the Falcon 9’s first stage landed back on Earth — SpaceX’s 57th such successful landing. (The specific booster that launched and landed has now made

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Delaware to Spend $20 Million in CARES Funding on Broadband

Elroy Mariano

Delaware is dedicating $20 million of its CARE Act funds toward broadband solutions. 

The announcement came yesterday from Gov. John Carney, CIO James Collins and Secretary of Education Susan Bunting. The money will go toward broadband infrastructure, a statewide survey on Internet speed and resources for families who can’t afford equipment and services. 

Carney said this effort will support Delaware’s commitment over the last two years “to eliminate Internet deserts and make high-speed Internet a reality for all Delawareans.”

The Delaware Department of Education has also put $566,000 of its CARES Act dollars toward the Rural Wireless Broadband Initiative. This means that construction on 15 towers that are being built in Kent and Sussex counties will be done well ahead of a projected December 2020 completion date. The initiative could help more than 1,500 people in rural areas. 

Part of the thrust behind the state’s decision is to give students

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