Virgin Media Business offers 200Mbps and 300Mbps services for SMBs

200Mbps and 300Mbps services on offer for SMBs

Virgin Media Business (VMB) has announced two new high-speed broadband services of 200Mbps and 300Mbps aimed at the SMB market.

The highest speed previously on offer from VMB was 152Mbps, but SMBs can now order one of the two new high speeds as required.

The 200Mbps service costs £45 a month, plus £15 line rental, as well as a one-off £50 installation charge.

The 300Mbps service costs £75 a month with a £15 line rental charge and £50 installation, and also includes unlimited calls via the fixed phone line.

The launch of the new services means that the other two options available to SMBs are 50Mbps and 100Mbps, priced at £15 and £35 a month respectively, plus £15 line rental.

VMB told V3 that customers on current offerings between 50 and 152Mbps will be offered a free upgrade to 200Mbps if they take out a new 24-month contract. Upgrading to 300Mbps will cost an additional £15  a month.

Those on 30-50Mbps services can upgrade to 100Mbps for free on a 24-month contract retention offer. Moving to 200Mbps will cost an additional £5 and 300Mbps an additional £25 per month.

Those on services under 30Mbps will be upgraded to 50Mbps free of charge on the same 24-month contract retention offer. To upgrade it will cost an additional £5 per month for 100Mbps, £15 for 200Mbps and £30 for 300Mbps.

The launch of the new services was backed by research commissioned by VMB that found, perhaps unsurprisingly, that slow internet services can dramatically affect an SMB’s productivity and efficiency.

A third of 1,100 senior executives at SMBs said that faster internet services would accelerate growth, while 33 percent said that slow internet services have a negative impact when dealing with customer service queries. 

Peter Kelly, managing director for VMB, explained that the survey made it clear that faster internet is vital to the future of the UK economy, driven by SMEs.

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of the UK’s economy but need the right tools and technology to thrive. Our ultrafast broadband speeds are setting a new benchmark for business broadband and enabling businesses to reach their full digital potential by doing more, faster,” he said.

The launch comes at the same time that Virgin’s arch-rival BT is under fire from MPs for failing to deliver high-speed broadband to the whole of the UK population. The MPs want Openreach split from BT to improve the situation.

BT has denied this, and claimed that investment in Openreach would fall if it was turned into a separate company.

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25 January 2016 | 3:47 pm – Source: v3.co.uk

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