Full details of the package will be unveiled at a media event in London on Monday. Virgin Media has already carried out a year of extensive trials of its 50Mb/ps broadband service in Ashford, Folkestone and Dover, where residents paid around £47 per month for the super-fast internet service. The service relies on a type of technology known as Docsis, or data over cable service interface specifications, which allows Virgin Media to send internet data over the same cabling used to pipe its subscription TV signals to homes. Crucially, the 50Mb/ps service also allows for faster data upstream speeds, which means it will take consumers less time to upload songs, photos and videos to blogs and websites than is currently the case. Given the growing emphasis placed on so-called "user-generated content" and web-based video, faster upload speeds are seen as crucial to sustaining internet growth and innovation. "The future, as Virgin Media sees it, is cable-to-home access, which will deliver entertainment to every screen in your household – whether it is on a PC or TV," said Alex Green, managing director of portal at Virgin Media.
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