Feb 6, 2019

Virgin Media tests 8Gbps broadband

A handful of homes in Cambridgeshire have tested broadband speeds of 8Gbps, as part of a trial by Virgin Media. "With the volume of our customers' internet usage almost doubling every year, trials like this will ensure we have the capability to meet the demand of data-hungry services in the future - be that over cable or full fibre," said Richard Sinclair, executive director of connectivity at Virgin Media. "It is a natural progression for Virgin Media to extend its network and allow more speed and capacity and this used existing infrastructure so it did not need to dig up roads," he said. Virgin Media's network in the UK currently passes more than 14 million premises, using a combination of cable and fibre-optic. Rival BT, which relies on its old copper network to carry many of its broadband connections from street cabinets to consumers' homes, has promised full-fibre connections to three million homes by 2020.

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