I have been with Virgin media for some years now, back when it was NTL in fact and I remember been on the middle tier and the dreaded throttling came into effect. back then once you hit the limits, you could write the next 5 hours and be unable to properly use normal websites. They had no throttling on the top tier and even though I never needed it, I upgraded so I could use the the net how I wanted. They upgraded everybody to 30/60/120 and upgraded the upload speeds to 3 and 12 for the top tiers. I was actually unaware they introduced throttling to all packages now and did not noticed if I did get throttled. They say that things change and this was true of me, I was not happy to be paying £68 a month for a Phone line I never used and broadband I did not really need the top tier for – it was time to change my package and see what deal i could get.
Its been a while since I chucked out any updates, either tech or training – so this post shall compress both into one post. In this update I want to talk about the free Virgin Broadband update, Motorola Xoom ICS update, Wirecast as well as some training and karate news.
Virgin media are currently upgrading everyone Upload speed and preparing the exchange for the new 100mbit. Going by the PDF it says my area is not due till Aug 2011. I just by sheer luck tested my speed and got the speed above. Basically its 50mbit download and 5mbit upload. Of course this also means they will throttle back my torrents and news server downloads.
UK Broadband supplier Virgin Media are set to increase the upload speed of all its tiers starting now and rolling out area by area. There is no extra cost for this service and on there fastest service (XXL) they are going form 1.5Mbps to 5Mbps, the lower speed tariff 20Mbps (XL) will have their upload changed from 768K to 2Mbps. With the good also comes the bad – not only are they restricting your traffic as before but also slowing down Newsgroup and Torrent Traffic.
As of June 1, British broadcaster Sky is to upgrade all of its existing broadband customers to (up to) 20Mbps, and streamline its packages to two simple offerings. The company is also going to give all Sky TV and telephone line subscribers the highest speeds possible for free.
Sky has created two broadband options to suit all of its customers’ needs, with Sky Everyday Lite aimed at those who casually browse the internet, and Sky Unlimited for the more hardcore ‘net user.