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    Virgin throttles broadband for high-speed customers

    This is a discussion on Virgin throttles broadband for high-speed customers within the Sky Broadband (Fibre) Help forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; Virgin throttles broadband for high-speed customers | Networking | ZDNet UK Virgin Media customers on fast cable broadband packages could ...

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      Virgin throttles broadband for high-speed customers

      Virgin throttles broadband for high-speed customers | Networking | ZDNet UK

      Virgin Media customers on fast cable broadband packages could see their download speeds squeezed by up to 50 percent, under new traffic management policies introduced on Monday.

      People on 30Mbps or higher broadband packages will see their downloads limited to 50 percent of the top speed if they go beyond a set usage allowance, Virgin Media has said.


      Under the new traffic-shaping policies, everyone on Virgin's 30Mbps or faster packages (PDF) can expect to see their top speed throttled by half for a five-hour period if they go beyond a set usage allowance.


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      Re: Virgin throttles broadband for high-speed customers

      Wow that sucks! Glad I'm with Sky now!
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      Re: Virgin throttles broadband for high-speed customers

      Give with one hand, and take with another. This is what happens when companies do not invest in their networks im afraid, They think by giving people a better package it hides how much they throttle...
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      Re: Virgin throttles broadband for high-speed customers

      yeah good old Virgin, you gotta love em aye.

      "were doubling your speed.......but if you use it at peak times we will cut it back by half again"
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      Re: Virgin throttles broadband for high-speed customers

      Even at STM'd speeds it will still be faster than what Sky can provide.

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      Re: Virgin throttles broadband for high-speed customers

      Quote Originally Posted by scorp43 View Post
      Even at STM'd speeds it will still be faster than what Sky can provide.
      **At the moment before they even release their product**

      Well done


      Sky's FREE 500MB FTTP broadband product will be 4x faster than Virgin..... Virgin wont have a chance to compete with the speed or service....

      ...........All when it's released in 5 years time..........

      The point of that comment I hear you ask Sir? NONE!!!! Just like your comment has no point. You are comparing a product that doesn't actually exist for another 10 days to a product thats recently been 'upgraded'.

      **Damn where is the :CLAP: Smiley gone?? Oh well.... this one will do --------------->


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      Re: Virgin throttles broadband for high-speed customers

      Quote Originally Posted by scorp43 View Post
      Even at STM'd speeds it will still be faster than what Sky can provide.
      don't you believe it mate!

      I have just got off the phone to virgin where I told them to do things which involved giving themselves pleasure. I was getting 1.2mbps from Skygo BEFORE I had even hit the STM. and when we are STMd people are reporting 22-24mbps. so no it's not. I know it was not Sky as my SUB connection was maxing out as usual! Virgin have bumped the existing 100 customers onto the " upgraded tier" and shafted them with TM and put 50 customers who are now on 100 onto the less shafted tier!

      I've had the fastest internet in the country and I got bored, I ran out of things to do on it! I see people all scrambling for the fastest speed but in reality the price you pay is what VM are doing. We all begged and pleaded for them to drop the highest speed crap and give us all a nice stable lower speed connection - but they wouldn't. Sky have got it right!

      I am now back on my nice and simply 8mbps Sky unlimited connection - and that's where I am staying! Why I didn't get sky ages ago I don't know - I guess I was concerned I wouldn't pass the credit check - only to find out what credit check! :/

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      Re: Virgin throttles broadband for high-speed customers

      Quote Originally Posted by dms05 View Post
      Virgin throttles broadband for high-speed customers | Networking | ZDNet UK

      Virgin Media customers on fast cable broadband packages could see their download speeds squeezed by up to 50 percent, under new traffic management policies introduced on Monday.

      People on 30Mbps or higher broadband packages will see their downloads limited to 50 percent of the top speed if they go beyond a set usage allowance, Virgin Media has said.


      Under the new traffic-shaping policies, everyone on Virgin's 30Mbps or faster packages (PDF) can expect to see their top speed throttled by half for a five-hour period if they go beyond a set usage allowance.
      It's everyone not just 30 and above :/

      http://www.virginmedia.com/images/table_20Mb_800px.jpg

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      Re: Virgin throttles broadband for high-speed customers

      i'm actually quite glad I can't have cable in my area. pointless having mega fast speeds if you cant use it. I think VM just use the ploy we are the fastest just to get new customers and lock them into a contract. I'll quite happily sit here on my 40/2 profile......for now anyway
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      Re: Virgin throttles broadband for high-speed customers

      I guess this means that Sky will attract even more heavy downloaders as they launch the SBUF product in 9 days.

      Sure some people across the country have experienced issues on occasions with Sky, resulting in their connection appearing to be fine, but where the backhaul has slowed their throughput down, but at least Sky keep improving things.

      For anyone who downloads new games, streams video content to their TVs, iPads, updates their computers or streams content from their home to where ever they may be on the planet, Virgin is going to be a killer. When it comes to having multiple people connected at the same time (i.e. partner & children) who also add a high usage, BTW and VM just cannot cope.

      I'm sorry, whilst the UK average may be 17GB per month, the figure is growing exponentially and will more than double that in a couple of years. Remember that 'average' means that there will be people who will download considerable more, whilst some will continue to hardly do anything.

      A Blu-Ray disc contains over 40GB. Should someone wish to download a full 1080p movie, then they can easily go over the 7GB limit allowed during the daytime, for example.

      Looking at Anytime+. The first movie listed at the moment is 'The 13th Warrior'. This movie is 98 minutes long and will consume 3.17GB in HD. Further down this list is 40 Days and 40 Nights. This 91 minute film will consume 3.29GB.

      Anyone who has two people (which IMHO in a large household is very likely) watching two separate movies on-line at the same time, something a fast connection should be able to cope with, is going to find their connection regularly slowed down.

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