Virgin Media have today announced that they are going to conduct a trial to deliver 50meg broadband to homes in a village in Berkshire by a deployment over telegraph poles. Homes in Woolhampton will be directly connected to Virgin's fibre optic network in the 6-month trial that will offer them access to Virgin's standard TV offerings with access to their 50meg broadband product.
"This unique trial will allow us to understand the possibilities of aerial deployment and may provide an exciting new way to extend next generation broadband services. With everything from BBC iPlayer to YouTube increasingly demanding reliable ultrafast broadband speeds, we're keen to ensure that all communities, in towns, cities and villages right across the UK, stand to benefit."Neil Berkett, (CEO) Virgin Media
Virgin have plans to extend their network which currently passes 12.6 million homes to a further 500,000, and sees that this technology may be one way to achieve this. Indeed, it believes around a million homes in the UK could benefit from this technology, and many rural areas could get next-generation access (NGA) when combined with fibre through underground ducts. With talk of opening up BT ducts to competition, there is scope that this could allow other networks to expand cheaply. This Virgin trial builds on the back of a trial in Cornwall in 2009 which saw fibre delivered to BT's local street cabinets.