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How fast is Virgin Media fibre optic broadband?

Hannah Ricci
Thursday, August 3rd 2017

Virgin Media Vivid broadband is fast – up to 300Mb fast. That’s leaps and bounds ahead of the closest competition and firmly places Virgin Media as the UK provider with the fastest widely available broadband in the country. But is 300Mb the speed you’ll actually receive?

Ofcom's reports on Virgin's actual speeds are very good, with the vast majority of customers receiving close to the advertised speeds. Here’s everything you need to know about the speed of Virgin Media fibre broadband.

Virgin Media download and upload speeds

Virgin Media offers four fibre broadband services: 50Mb with 3Mb upload, 100Mb with 6Mb upload, 200Mb with 12Mb upload and 300Mb with 20Mb upload. For the sake of comparison, most other providers offer 20Mb upload speed with their 76Mb package - and for less money. However, even a 3Mb upload speed is ample for most households.

Virgin Media actual speeds

According to Ofcom’s speed tests to see what customers get at home in reality, Virgin Media's actual speeds have always proven to be very close to those advertised. In other words, if you sign up for 50Mb, you will most likely receive 50Mb. We suspect this is largely due to the fact that, unlike almost every other provider, Virgin does not share its network with any other provider.

Choosing a Virgin Media broadband package

All Virgin Media broadband packages can be taken with or without a phone line. The broadband and phone packages all come with inclusive weekend calls. However, bizarrely, Virgin's broadband-only packages cost £5 more than the broadband and phone equivalents, so unless you fiercely object to having a phone line, we'd advise you consider broadband and phone.

Most popular Virgin Media broadband-only deal

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Virgin Media broadband and phone packages

  • Virgin Media VIVID 50 Fibre Broadband + Calls

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    • Weekend calls
    • Free WiFi router
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    £20 set-up cost includes line rental See Deal
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  • Virgin Media VIVID 300 Fibre Broadband + Calls

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Virgin broadband deals where you live

The easiest way to find out whether you can get Virgin is to put your postcode into our availability checker. The results will show the broadband services in your area and an estimate of the download and upload speeds you can expect.

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The broadband speed available at your property will depend on whether Virgin Media’s fibre optic network is in your area yet and how far your property is from the street-side cabinet where the fibre is installed.

Looking for TV and broadband?

This is Virgin's entry-level TV package that comes with a whopping 100Mb broadband and all the essential Freeview channels as as well as weekend calls, with the option to bolt on Sky Cinema and Sky Sports.

Comparison

Use our package comparison to compare Virgin Media broadband packages.

  • Broadband
    Max download speed100Mb
    Max upload speed6Mb
    Monthly usageUnlimited
    Home Phone
    Daytime calls9.94ppm
    Evening calls9.94ppm
    Weekend callsInclusive
    Pricing & Contract
    Set-up cost£20
    Contract length12 months
    First year cost £428

    £34
    per month
    includes line rental

    0808 168 4947 0808 168 4947
  • Broadband
    Max download speed200Mb
    Max upload speed12Mb
    Monthly usageUnlimited
    Home Phone
    Daytime calls9.94ppm
    Evening calls9.94ppm
    Weekend callsInclusive
    Pricing & Contract
    Set-up cost£20
    Contract length12 months
    First year cost £488

    £39
    per month
    includes line rental

    0808 168 4947 0808 168 4947
  • Broadband
    Max download speed300Mb
    Max upload speed20Mb
    Monthly usageUnlimited
    Home Phone
    Daytime calls9.94ppm
    Evening calls9.94ppm
    Weekend callsInclusive
    Pricing & Contract
    Set-up cost£20
    Contract length12 months
    First year cost £548

    £44
    per month
    includes line rental

    0808 168 4947 0808 168 4947

How to switch to Virgin Media

If you can get Virgin Media in your area and want to switch to get faster broadband, here’s what you need to know to get yourself set up.

Decide which level of speed you need

All four of Virgin Media’s broadband speeds will feel very fast to those currently on a standard broadband connection, so how do you choose between them? It helps to do a speed test to see what you’re currently getting, and then you can figure out what speed upgrade will enhance your online experience.

Crucially, it’s not just what you do online but also how many people in your household share the connection at the same time.

Confirm which services you want to move

If you’ve got a pay TV package alongside your current broadband and phone, consider whether you want to move the whole shebang to Virgin Media or just your communications.

One of the perks of Virgin is the option to take broadband without a phone line if your landline has become obsolete. It also offers a selection of broadband and TV bundles, with different mixes of TV channels, broadband speeds and call plans, plus the option to add a 4G SIM-only plan for your mobile too.

Beware installation costs

In addition to the monthly cost of your broadband plan or bundle, there may be extra set-up fees to factor in to your budget. Virgin Media's standard upfront charge is just £20.

The Virgin Hub 3.0 router and V6 TiVo box are provided free with all bundles, although if you decide to leave Virgin at some point in the future you will be expected to return them.

Place your order online

Once you’ve decided on the services you want, sign up on the Virgin Media website. You’ll have the option to choose an installation date (usually within 10 days) for a Virgin engineer to visit your property to set up your new services and show you how it all works.

Remember that you need to tell your old provider that you’re cancelling when switching to Virgin Media, as they won’t know automatically.

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