Virgin Media to trial 'world's fastest' 1.5Gb cable broadband

Creative industries in east London to benefit
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British cable ISP Virgin Media is to trial what it says is the world's fastest cable broadband speeds of 1.5Gb.

Virgin Media said it would begin testing of the superfast 1.5Gb network in east London later this month. The trial, which will also offer 150Mb upstream bandwidth, will use the same infrastructure and technology as the firm's current residential cable network, Virgin said.

The participants in the trial are said to be four companies working in creative industries where their work with video and online streaming would be tested in the trial.

Virgin provides other forms of connectivity for business including fibre-based and Gigabit Ethernet-based services but Virgin Media spokesman Asam Ahmad said the 1.5Gb trial demonstrated "huge potential for delivering greater and greater bandwidth over the existing cable architecture."

The ISP covers an estimated 13 million homes with a 50Mb cable broadband service and is currently rolling out an upgraded 100Mb network with 2 million homes enabled so far.

Virgin Media's DOCSIS3.0-based cable network upgrade is due to be completed in mid 2012. The firm has a trial underway for 200Mb residential broadband services.

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