Virgin launches mobile broadband

Virgin today joined the other players in the vibrant mobile broadband market.

In addition to offering super-fast fibre optic broadband, the media giant will now offer users mobile broadband via a USB modem for those willing to commit to a 15-a-month, 18-month contract.

Given Virgin's current user base, the package will clearly appeal to consumers, but it is also likely that business users may be keen. Those who are away from the office for meetings and travelling, for example, may look to take advantage of the 3GB monthly data allowance which Virgin reckons equates to 2,000 emails, 100 hours of web surfing, 200 music tracks and 100 two-minute videos.

But those who go over the 3GB cap will be charged an additional 15 per GB for the 3.6Mbps service, which Virgin claimed will be available to 85 per cent of the country.

"We're perfectly placed to offer advice on the best broadband packages available, across a range of gadgets and speeds," said Neil Berkett, Virgin Media's chief executive.

"Virgin Media already provides the fastest broadband in the UK over our fibre optic network and now customers can enjoy our broadband both at home and when on the move."

Maggie Holland

Maggie has been a journalist since 1999, starting her career as an editorial assistant on then-weekly magazine Computing, before working her way up to senior reporter level. In 2006, just weeks before ITPro was launched, Maggie joined Dennis Publishing as a reporter. Having worked her way up to editor of ITPro, she was appointed group editor of CloudPro and ITPro in April 2012. She became the editorial director and took responsibility for ChannelPro, in 2016.

Her areas of particular interest, aside from cloud, include management and C-level issues, the business value of technology, green and environmental issues and careers to name but a few.