Virgin Media teases with 8.46 Gbps testing in Papworth
Testing new hardware outside a highly controlled research lab is important and Virgin Media has history in this regard e.g. the 1.5 Gbps demo in Shoreditch some years ago.
The latest trial is utilising EPON and the FTTP that is being rolled out to new areas as part of the Project Lightning expansion and has seen tests of 8.46 Gbps across the network. The trial is in Papworth, where a previous Gigabit trail was also run and will be limited to 50 premises.
While there is no immediate prospect of a multi Gigabit service from Virgin Media we hope that 500 Mbps or maybe even a 1 Gbps service will appear soon. The existing DOCSIS network in addition to the RFOG areas can run a 500 Mbps service and if this was tied into a general speed upgrade programme e.g. 70 Mbps customers jump to 120 Mbps, 200 to 350 Mbps and 350 Mbps to 500 Mbps and some of the peak time capacity issues were addressed this would go a long way to ensuring market share is retained in areas where competitors arrive with full fibre.
Speaking for existing customers though, we suspect many would rather have less price rises and a decent replacement for the Virgin Media Super Hub 3 i.e. get away from all the Intel Puma chipset issues.