Virgin Media surprisingly halts trial of 1Gbps capable FTTH network at Papworth

Virgin Media has surprised all by suddenly halting the trial of their 1Gbps capable FTTH network in Papworth Everard, the large Cambridgeshire village. The trial has been running for four years at this village with a population of about 300 and residents here have been taken by surprise by this move.

The trial was started in the summer of 2014, with the operator using a new approach of ‘narrow-trenching’. It reduced the width of the trench dug, through which the cables were laid. From 40cm it was reduced to 10cm. As the infrastructure of Virgin Media passed through the area, the operator found it viable to trial it here. It became one of the operator first trials on their network, to test a 1Gbps capable service on Fibre-to-the-Home technology.

Some 100 homes were connected and they reported speeds reaching 800 to 900 Mbps. This trial is ahead of Virgin Media’s Project Lightning launch. Since then the network has continued to work. However, a few weeks back all this came to a sudden halt. Fortunately the customers were also provided with a Hub 3.0 router additionally. So, they could just go back to their previous service. The operator is reported to be in the process of contacting those on the trial, to update them on the issue and collect any kit unused.

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