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UK cable provider Virgin Media has successfully trialled home broadband connection offering download speeds of more than 8 Gbps, said to be 216 times faster than the UK average.
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The so-called ‘hyperfast’ connection uses Virgin Media’s existing fibre network to provide the enhanced download speeds and triallists are also said to be benefiting from symmetrical connectivity. The trial, made possible through continued network investment and collaboration with Liberty Global, is delivered using an existing fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) connection meaning that no dedicated line is required. Data is transferred along fibre optic cables using EPON (Ethernet passive optical network) technology. EPON is typically used to deliver up to 1Gbps speeds to UK homes, but Virgin Media has been working with technology partner, ARRIS, to trial new equipment and software to increase the speeds that its residential fibre network is capable of delivering.

With the hyperfast multi-gigabit connection, Virgin Media says that users can download a high definition (HD) film (5 GB) in just 5 seconds and download a 4K/Ultra HD film (20 GB) in just 20 seconds.

“We’re committed to making Britain faster and this trial pushes the boundaries of what’s possible,” said Richard Sinclair, executive director of connectivity at Virgin Media. “Whether it’s streaming Ultra HD movies on Netflix, playing the latest games online or video conferencing, faster internet connections have changed our lives immeasurably over the past decade. As speed leaders, Virgin Media is not going to stand still; this trial is about looking ahead to the next decade and beyond.”

Added Steve McCaffery, president, international sales and managing director, international business operations at ARRIS: “The world used to think multi-gigabit trials were only for lab tests, or businesses and governments. This ground-breaking trial proves that isn’t the case. For the first time in the UK, real homes and real customers are getting symmetrical multi-gigabit speeds.

"Data hungry households around the UK are increasingly placing more and more demands on networks, whether that’s streaming, gaming, working remotely or the increasing number of connected devices....This means faster speeds, increased bandwidth and lower latency, leading to less network congestion and better services for customers. Through this trial with Virgin Media, we’re showing just what can be achieved in the future.”