Virgin Media tests 8Gb/s broadband in Cambridgeshire trial.

Virgin Media tests 8Gb/s broadband in Cambridgeshire trial.

Virgin Media is testing in Cambridgeshire, UK, an 8Gb/s cable service to a small subset of subscribers. (Currently, the trial supports eight households, but can  extend to 50 over time). Virgin Media uses the village of Papworth to support trails of new delivery methods. In 2014, Papworth hosted the 1Gb/s Virgin Media trial (Superfast broadband comes to Cambridgeshire village). This network uses an EPON (Ethernet Passive Optical Network) from their equipment partner Arris.

The challenge, however, in the UK access networks remains the upload speeds available in asymmetric systems. This trial looks like it uses symmetric speeds, with a theoretical upload of 300 photos (3GB of data) in 3 seconds. (This likely achieved only in a test environment. Your Google Photos upload is unlikely to be as fast as 8Gb/s.)

“As the UK’s fastest widely available broadband provider, we’re committed to making Britain faster and this trial pushes the boundaries of what’s possible.” – Richard Sinclair, Executive Director of Connectivity, Virgin Media.

This trial helps bring the UK towards the speeds achieved in other countries, such as South Korea. Roll on a successful test, and rapid deployment into other Virgin Media cabled areas.

Source: Virgin Media trials hyperfast multi-gigabit home broadband

John Dixon

John Dixon is the Principal Consultant of thirteen-ten nanometre networks Ltd, based in Wiltshire, United Kingdom. He has a wide range of experience, (including, but not limited to) operating, designing and optimizing systems and networks for customers from global to domestic in scale. He has worked with many international brands to implement both data centres and wide-area networks across a range of industries. He is currently supporting a major SD-WAN vendor on the implementation of an environment supporting a major global fast-food chain.

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