Virgin Media has given its mobile broadband product a couple of espressos. From today, you can get up to 7.2 megabits per second with a Virgin dongle, which isn’t anywhere near as rude as it sounds.
The technology behind mobile broadband, HSDPA, is theoretically capable of speeds up to 14Mbps – so it’s frustrating that two years after products first hit the market, most companies are still only offering 3.6Mbps. Vodafone is the only other UK outfit offering a 7.2Mbps package.
In a best case scenario, the new Virgin and existing Vodafone USB modems beat average fixed line speeds. Although ADSL2+ – with up to 24Mbps speeds – is now offered by most companies, the majority of us are lucky to see speeds above 3.6Mbps; the average broadband speed in the UK according to telecoms watchdog OFCOM.