Virgin Media plans to start trialling broadband cable connections of up to 1.5Gbps with four businesses in the area of east London known as Silicon Roundabout allowing for one of the fastest access to USENET.
The company said it planned to trial speeds of up to 1.5 gigabits per second – more than 10 times faster than its current fastest service of 100 megabits per second and 240 times quicker than the UK average.
The participants in the trial are said to be four companies working in creative industries where their work with video and online streaming would be tested in the trial. And after work hours it’ll probably make a pretty darn good line to access USENET to the fullest.
The ISP covers an estimated 13 million homes with a 50Mb cable broadband service and is currently rolling out an upgraded 100Mb network with 2 million homes enabled so far. The system uses Docsis 3 (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) technology, which supports IPv6 and allows “theoretically near infinite capacity” by bonding multiple downstream and upstream channels, as reported on USENET newsgroups.
Don’t fret UK Newsgroup subscribers as Virgin also has a trial underway for 200Mb residential broadband services.