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Offline DaBees-Knees

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Virgin pilots 200Mbps broadband
« on: May 06, 2009, 08:06:49 pm »
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8036086.stm

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Virgin Media is piloting broadband speeds of 200Megabit per second (Mbps) for a small group of users in the UK.
Following successful trials in the lab, 100 "lead adopters" in Kent will have access to the high speeds, believed to be among the fastest in the world. Virgin will be using the high speeds to test applications such as 1080p high definition TV and 3DTV. The pilot will last six months before the results are analysed. A variety of upstream speeds will also be tested. Virgin is able to achieve the speeds thanks to a technology called Docsis 3, which makes more efficient use of the capacity of fibre to the cabinet connections used by Virgin.
   
The challenge in making use of the speeds is the inability of wireless networks to cope with 200Mbps connections therefore requiring hard wired connections. Users also need high-specification computers that have gigabit Ethernet ports that can deal with such fast data speeds. There is also the issue that many websites only have 100Mbps connections into data centres, meaning they are unable to serve pages or content at a speed to take advantage of the fast service.

Virgin said the 200Mbps service is the fastest speed in the world achieved using Docsis 3 technology. In a statement Virgin Media's chief executive Neil Berkett said: "We're at the forefront of innovation and understanding when it comes to ultrafast broadband services and the 200Mb pilot will give us further insight into how true 'wideband' services might be used by consumers."

A trial is one thing. Providing a readily available service at a price users can afford is another.  :evil:

Offline bu44er

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Re: Virgin pilots 200Mbps broadband
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2009, 08:21:38 pm »
Just imagine how quick you could download, if all the data centre's where capable of the speeds. It would be a totally new Internet. lol
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Offline Forested665

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Re: Virgin pilots 200Mbps broadband
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2009, 08:43:36 pm »
korea rings a bell.
But look at who the provider is.
I doubt that will be of any use other then to transfer images and html files.
Also i would expect their expansion model would include a great amount of europe, if not there completely insane, and to keep the backbone from crashing and to allow future expansion if another competing provider was to fall out would typically mean all speeds will be delivered in bursts such as on some cable providers.
Short meaning would be you get 200mb per second for maybe half a second. and with speeds being that high how on earth could anyone contest that they arent providing what they pay for.
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Re: Virgin pilots 200Mbps broadband
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2009, 12:33:37 am »
Connection speeds are great things for misleading consumers, most folks dont care about having to wait a little longer if it means they avoid throttling of their connection, currently Virgin throttle many of their customers and have put off their debts for a year, this looks like a last desperate move to get more customers on what is an already crowded service, its well known in the iSP trade that you only need to throttle and create bandwith quotas when you oversell your services to the point your unable to deliver them a promised, and lets be clear we are talking the same scenario with other providers, high speeds looks great to new customers but services for long term users normally suck as the older and wiser hands know that this merely means further strict ratios, caps and throttles.

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Re: Virgin pilots 200Mbps broadband
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2009, 06:06:44 am »
Connection speeds are great things for misleading consumers, most folks dont care about having to wait a little longer if it means they avoid throttling of their connection, currently Virgin throttle many of their customers and have put off their debts for a year, this looks like a last desperate move to get more customers on what is an already crowded service, its well known in the iSP trade that you only need to throttle and create bandwith quotas when you oversell your services to the point your unable to deliver them a promised, and lets be clear we are talking the same scenario with other providers, high speeds looks great to new customers but services for long term users normally suck as the older and wiser hands know that this merely means further strict ratios, caps and throttles.

Oh how old and cynical you are, shame really your 100% correct. There is no doubt internet speeds as a whole are set to rise, but the same old cheating and over selling is not likely to stop.

Offline Lagerlout666

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Re: Virgin pilots 200Mbps broadband
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2009, 10:40:17 am »
And this is amazing because 100 houses with maybe 400 people living thier out of 61 Million that live in the UK can get this. While their are folks in the sticks without internet. Sure 200MB is nice. But i would sooner read the whole country has access to 100MB Public Owned networks funded by our robbing government so no prat wanting to kill himself in a hot air ballon round the world attempt can get his cronies to throttle speeds.
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Offline Forested665

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Re: Virgin pilots 200Mbps broadband
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2009, 04:13:18 pm »
You lost me at kill himself in a hot air balloon.
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Re: Virgin pilots 200Mbps broadband
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2009, 07:15:31 pm »
You lost me at kill himself in a hot air balloon.

Google who owns Virgin and what he does in his spare time :D

Offline Forested665

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Re: Virgin pilots 200Mbps broadband
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2009, 07:21:47 pm »
Oh i remember the commercial.
they did a reality show to see who would get to own virgin mobile.
really sad to see that a game show could determine who runs a company
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Offline Lagerlout666

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Re: Virgin pilots 200Mbps broadband
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2009, 11:41:08 pm »
Nah the arsehole  who owns it decided that he wanted to go round thhe world in hot air balloon the fastest and well failed miserable. Possibly from his extra large head and the balloon not supporting it.
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Offline Forested665

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Re: Virgin pilots 200Mbps broadband
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2009, 12:08:51 am »
LOL. tell him to stop talking and he wont need the balloon.
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