Virgin Media to trial ultrafast broadband

Virgin Media is to trail ultrafast broadband delivered over existing electricity poles in the Welsh village of Crumlin, Caerphilly this August.

Homes in Crumlin will be connected to Virgin's fibre optic network to increase local broadband speeds to 50Mb, according to Virgin Media.

The agreement with Surf Telecoms marks the first use of existing commercial infrastructure to aerially deliver ultrafast broadband to a community currently beyond the reach of a fibre optic network. Virgin Media began trialling aerial deployment in the Berkshire village of Woolhampton in March this year using purpose-built infrastructure.

Jon James, Executive Director of Broadband, Virgin Media, said: "We're already bringing broadband speeds of up to 50Mb and, soon 100Mb, to over half of all UK homes and are pushing the boundaries to ensure that homes right across the UK benefit from ultrafast broadband. Working in partnership with companies like Surf Telecoms, we can more rapidly and efficiently expand the reach of fibre optic networks to towns, villages and communities right across the UK."

The trial is scheduled to run into 2011.

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