100 households in the Cambridgeshire village of Papworth will be
able to sign up to an ultrafast 1Gb trial service from Virgin
Media, which will enable the residents to download, stream and surf
the web at the fastest speeds the network has ever reached. In
fact, at full speed users could download a HD movie in just 42
The lines are being rolled out using a new approach called
narrow trenching, which could end up reducing the costs by up to
33% and ultimately speeding up the process. Engineers can cover up
to 100m in a day with the new method, which involves digging a
smaller 10cm trench as opposed to a 40cm one, that's twice the
speed of the current roll out.
Along with the 100 1Gb lines, hundreds more households in the
area will be given access to Virgin Media's 152Mb service, which is
currently the UK's fastest widely available broadband.
Paul buttery, Virgin Media's Chief Customer, Networks
and Technology Officer, said:
Virgin Media continues to push the boundaries of broadband,
launching the UK's first superfast service in 2008 and boosting
Virgin Media homes yet again with 152Mb broadband launched this
year. We know our network is unbeatable and we are excited to bring
1Gb to the people of Papworth as they help us explore a new way of
rolling out our network faster and more cost-effectively.
Virgin Media recently announced plans to expand the network to a
further 100,000 homes in East London, which could possibly benefit
from the newer faster method of laying cables.
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