Virgin Media begins real-world trials of 200Mbps service

7 May 2009

Light Reading reports that British cableco Virgin Media has begun a pilot aimed at testing the real-world deployment of broadband services running at downstream speeds of 200Mbps. Having successfully trialled DOCSIS3 technology in a laboratory setting, the trials commenced in Ashford last week, and it is expected that up to 100 ‘lead adopters’ will be signed up to test the service. The trial is expected to test applications including high definition and 3D IPTV and broadband content, as well as testing connectivity with devices for video conferencing and home surveillance. Commenting on the plans, Neil Berkett, Virgin Media’s CEO, said: With the only true next generation network in the UK, we are at the forefront of innovation and understanding when it comes to ultrafast broadband services and the 200Mbps pilot will give us further insight into how true ‘wideband’ services might be used by consumers.’

United Kingdom, Virgin Media