This sounds like an unfortunate case of High utilisation in the area. The best way of explaining this, is that the network can support 'x' number of users, and there are more than 'x' currently using it, so the network can't handle the usage.
High utilisation is extremely complicated, in that it takes a long time to upgrade the network in the areas, as our networks (if you've seen a local exchange, you know what I'm talking about) are very complicated, and isn't unfortunately a case of just swapping a couple of cables.
If you're looking on the Service Status page on my.virginmedia.com, does this give any outage information? Would be worth posting the fault reference if so, so that the forum teams can investigate it quicker for you.
If this is High utilisation then you would be entitled to a month by month credit whilst the issue is ongoing. You can discuss this with the technical teams, by calling 0345 454 1111 or 150 from a virgin media landline.
Let us know whether this is a fault viewable on service status, and the forum teams may be able to give you a bit more info to possibly help (however, if it is utilisation, there isn't an awful lot that can be done unfortunately).
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Well I have spoken with the technical team.... total waste of my time! only interested in telling me that 2g mode was disabled on my router, "I know it is I disabled it! I've run speed tests via Ethernet so I've not got a wifi issue... " "yes sir but 2g mode is disabled on your router..... " "I know, I disabled it..... etc etc"
Got fobbed off with the high utilisation blah blah blah. Told a date around the end of March... I won't be holding my breath!
My real annoyance with this is once you finally get through the automated nonsense they know exactly who and where are effected by overloading (let's call it what it is) yet they continue to push 200Mb services via infrastructure that can only deliver 5Mb, I am amazed trading standards have not been all over them, as a company director I cannot promise a client a level of service if I know I can only furfill around 5-10% of what was promised!
I would say I was around a 5/10 as far as anger towards VM prior to speaking with the technical team, I'm simmering around an 8/10 now!!!
The march date will just be a review date even though phone staff call them fix dates.
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Been with Virgin just over a week now, signed up to the Vivid 200 Gamer package and so far its been nothing short of pathetic.
Speed test @ 7am - 180-200Mbps - all good
speed test between 4pm and 11pm - anything from 3 to 8 Mbps from a 200Mb connection!
upload speed is 20Mbps regardless of time of day.
i'm sorry but to be only getting 1.5% to 4% of the advertised speed is unacceptable!
If I was you run, run as fast as you can to cancel your contract, if you are in an oversubscribed area it will take years for VM to put their hand in their pockets, they will blame the councils first for planning permission. You don't need a 14 day cooling period, they broke their side of the contract, and getthem to pay for your previous ISP to be installed back as you are out of pocket,they have a legal duty of care to provide you with your contracted speed, they have failed.
You need to cancel ASAP. (14 days cooling period does not apply in proven oversubscribed areas)
After 8 Weeks take it up with VM's regulator CISAS.
Request with the CISAS complaint that you want to be fully reimbursed for all costs and time, including reconnecting you to your previous working ISP (you can get a max of £10k) and a written apology to rub it in.
You don't need to be in contract with VM to do all this.
If more people do this VM with get a hefty fine for not treating their customers by the rules, a bit like what happened to EE.
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