UK-based quad-play provider Virgin Media is planning to test broadband delivery over copper lines in partnership with Vtesse Networks, ITProPortal reports. The telco is understood to be planning the trials with a view to expanding the area which it is able to offer super fast broadband services to without needing to expand its own fibre-optic network. The trial will take place in Cornwall, and is expected to see approximately 400 buildings and around 1,000 people connected using a combination of fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and VDSL2+ technologies; Virgin is expected to test broadband services offering downlink speeds of up to 50Mbps, as well as IPTV services, over the trial network. The telco has said that, for optimal speeds, those customers connecting to the network would need to be within 3.5km of their exchange. Commenting on the development Jon James, executive director for broadband at Virgin Media, said: ‘This is an important project for Virgin Media and demonstrates our ambition to extend our next generation services to areas outside our traditional cable TV footprint.’ The pilot is expected to commence toward the end of 2009.