Berks to fly Virgin: cableco trials aerial fibre

12 Mar 2010

British cableco Virgin Media has begun trials of fibre-optic high speed broadband services delivered over telegraph poles, the BBC is reporting. It is understood that the pilot scheme will run for six months, and Virgin has suggested that if successful such technology could allow it to reach a further one million households in the UK, with the operator noting it could have a significant impact on its ability to provide services in rural regions. Under the trial Virgin will offer downlink speeds of up to 50Mbps in the village of Woolhampton, Berkshire, and commenting on the development Neil Berkett, CEO of Virgin Media, claimed that the tests would allow the operator to ‘understand the possibilities of aerial deployment’ which could in turn lead to a ‘new way to extend next generation broadband services’.

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