Virgin Media has brought forward plans to offer a 20MB broadband connection for its flagship XL cable broadband service.

Although the company originally announced that the move wouldn't happen until June at the earliest in its annual report the company has today released a statement that it will be rolling out the service a month ahead of schedule in May.

The 100% speed increase on its current 10MB offering will mean an MP3 music track could be downloaded in around 2 seconds.

Bandwidth boosting will take place from May and will coincide with a small price increase on the fastest broadband service, from £35 to £37 per month. Upstream speed will also be increased, to 768KB, and all Virgin broadband services will continue to offer unlimited downloads and an online security package.