Virgin.net

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Virgin.net
Subsidiary
Industry Telecommunications
Fate Merged into parent
Founded November 1996
Area served
United Kingdom
Products Broadband internet
Parent Virgin Media
Website www.virginmedia.com

Virgin.net was an Internet service provider (ISP) operating in the United Kingdom. It launched in November 1996. Once a joint venture between NTL and the Virgin Group, the ISP became wholly owned by NTL in 2004.[1]

It sold a range of ADSL broadband packages through BT landlines to those living outside areas served by NTL's cable television network. Virgin.net broadband customers could receive up to 8 Mbit/s downstream and 400 kbit/s upstream, with usage-allowances depending on which package the user takes. Virgin.net also offered bundled phone-services via Carrier Preselect (CPS) to broadband subscribers. Subscription-based and subscription-free dial-up Internet access was also available.

Like most ISPs Virgin.net had a web portal covering topics such as music, movies, travel, technology and motoring.

On 8 February 2007, the company was incorporated into the newly established Virgin Media as Virgin Media Beyond Cable. In November 2014, Virgin Media reached an agreement to sell its ADSL business (the former Virgin.net service) to TalkTalk Group, allowing Virgin to focus on its cable broadband offering.[2] Customers are due to begin transferring to TalkTalk from February 2015.[3]

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  1. ^ "NTL takes control of Virgin Net". BBC News. 28 September 2004. Retrieved 7 July 2006. 
  2. ^ Doku, Ernest (14 November 2014). "Virgin Media sells remaining copper broadband customers to TalkTalk". uSwitch. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Knapman, Helen (7 January 2015). "Virgin Media begins notifying non-cable customers of transfer to TalkTalk". Money Saving Expert. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 

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