UK cable group ntl is to conduct field trials of an ultra-fast 100 Mbps broadband service capable of streaming multiple high-definition television channels. The announcement comes as ntl also unveils a partnership with file-sharing specialist BitTorrent and caching solution provider CacheLogic to trial a legal video download service.
ntl, which is merging with smaller UK cable rival Telewest and has made a £961m takeover offer for Virgin Mobile, will conduct field trials with US converged services specialist Arris.
Arris will supply its FlexPath channel bonded solution incorporated in its Cadant C4 CMTS and Touchstone Wideband Modem. Arris said its FlexPath wideband channel bonding technology would allow ntl to demonstrate services on its cable network not possible at today's bandwidths.
Kevin Baughan, director of ntl network strategy, said: "We are delighted to have the support of our technology partner Arris in order to demonstrate the significant potential of our cable network."
Under the separate partnership with BitTorrent and CacheLogic, ntl will evaluate the high-speed delivery of video files for download.
The trial will combine BitTorrent's file-swarming peer-to-peer (P2P) client to maximise distribution with CacheLogic's P2P content caches to further accelerate delivery and off-set the network costs normally associated with P2P.
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