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Virgin Media Business has announced a new, dedicated Internet service for businesses.

The newly formed business unit of Virgin Media, which rebranded in February from NTL: Telewest, revealed at a press call yesterday its plans to provide unconstrained Internet access over fibre for UK businesses.

Under the ‘Big Red Internet’ service, businesses will be able to pick up an unmanaged 100 Mbit/s connection for a flat fee of £12,000 per annum, with a further £1,000 if they wish the service to be managed, which includes the installation and configuration of a router and post-installation management.

Larger businesses requiring faster bandwidth can receive ten times that speed with a 1 Gbit/s connection for £22,000 per annum, and an additional £3,000 for the managed option.

Virgin calls the service a “no limits proposition” that gives you “more pasty than you will ever need”.

Mark Heraghty, Virgin Media Business’s managing director, said: “In 2010 telecom providers shouldn’t be acting as gatekeepers to what British businesses need in order to innovate and grow – bandwidth.

Whereas other providers often constrain the bandwidth made available to businesses, Virgin Media Business can take advantage of the vast capacity on its national fibre optic network.

So by removing bandwidth restrictions on business Internet, we’re liberating British organisations from one of the single biggest factors holding them back today.”

The company claims that the service is not a “wholesale product” and hopes to attract organisations from a broad spectrum, particularly the public sector, which is growing its presence on the web at a rapid pace.

The Big Red Internet launches today and can only be applied for directly from Virgin Media Business.

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