Virgin Media to trial 1.5Gb broadband in the UK

Cable connection will be the world's fastest

Tests planned this month to establish a speed 240 times faster than the UK average

Virgin Media is to begin testing internet speeds of 1.5Gb in partnership with four companies in the vicinity of Old Street in London.

Using the same cable infrastructure Virgin Media currently employs, the company hopes to provide a 1.5Gb download and 150Mb upload service. If tests this month in London’s ‘Silicon Roundabout’ are successful, Virgin will be able to offer the world’s fastest broadband connection at a speed 240 times faster than the national average.

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The trial is taking place between Virgin Media and four companies in the creative industries. Together the group are working extensively to provide video for online and mobile streaming, produce interactive applications for the web and broadcasting services for live programmes and events.

Jon James, executive director of broadband at Virgin Media, commented, “Our growing network provides a highly competitive alternative to the fastest fibre networks of the future ensuring Virgin Media business and residential customers continue to enjoy world-class broadband.”

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