Virgin Media shows off world’s fastest cable broadband

Posted on Jul 26 2011 - 1:38pm by Robert

Back in April this year, Virgin Media announced a trial for a super fast 1.5 Gb/s cable broadband service, the fastest internet service in the UK to date. Last week, the company demonstrated the successful delivery of the broadband service at Tech Hub.

The test involved using the DOCSIS-2 technology to implement the speeds, which are about 240 times faster than normal broadband connections. The good thing about it is it can work using the same infrastructure that delivers 100 Mb/s to customers.

The DOCSIS-2 standard enables the networks of Virgin Media to provide a platform that has near infinite capacity, as it works by combining multiple upstream and downstream channels together that is used to deliver faster speeds.

“As people are simultaneously connecting more gadgets to the internet and doing more online than ever before, we wanted to explore what our unique fibre optic network is capable of. At speeds of up to 1.5Gb, Virgin Media is delivering some of the fastest broadband in the world and, thanks to our ongoing investment, we’re able to anticipate and lead the way in meeting growing demand for bandwidth as future services and applications come online,” said Virgin Media’s Executive Director of Broadband Jon James.

Tech Hub CEO Elizabeth Varley said that super fast connection is critical to the innovation across the UK and Virgin Media’s 1.5 Gb/s trial is an excellent opportunity to explore its potential.

This super fast connection is made possible by Virgin Media’s £13 billion worth of private investment.

Do you see an immediate need for 1.5GB broadband?

 

via: Geek.com

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