Virgin Media trials 1.5 Gbps speeds using DOCSIS 3.0

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UK cable operator Virgin Media has successfully trialed broadband speeds of 1.5 Gbps in East London using DOCSIS 3.0 technology from Cisco.

Virgin Media achieved the new speeds using Cisco’s (3G60) Broadband Processing Engine, a high-density, cost-effective line card for its flagship uBR10K Universal Broadband Router and Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS).

An important component of Cisco’s complete DOCSIS 3.0 solution, the 3G60 line card enables cable television operators to offer IP video services, and together with the Cisco Universal Broadband Router supports the full set of DOCSIS 3.0 features at scale, including IPv6, and supports advanced features such as dynamic bandwidth sharing.

During a recent demo at the NCTA show in Chicago, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts downloaded an entire season of the TV show 30 Rock (23 full episodes) in about a minute and a half over a real-world production network with 1 Gbps broadband download speeds, using a Cisco CMTS and 3G60 solution.

Virgin Media provides broadband, TV, mobile and fixed telephony services across the UK, and thanks to a multi-billion pound investment in its cable network now offers ultrafast broadband connections to over half of all UK homes, with speeds of up to 100 Mbps currently available to customers. The company has also recently launched a new advanced interactive television service based on TiVo technology.

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  1. Andrew Smith 14/09/2011 @ 10:49 pm

    Whats the point of having this much “bandwith” when the actual “meat” is still in the slow lane… its like buying a race track for an old 90’s ford focus, a complete waste of time,

    stick with the 50mb and 100mb we have acheived now in mass use and invest in supporting firms to roll out a service which can actually send information at that speed, I have a 50mb connection but can only download games off steam at about 5mb currently, so 45mb is still just empty bandwith, a waste of time.

    the same goes for movies (apple is pretty quick) but the majority of comapnies are very far behind cough*youtube*cough, so until these individual firms start investing in better infastructure the line is pretty useless.

    I understand this is for companies currently but what about the bulk of your customers… you know the few million users who have virgin media in their homes, what about us?

    • 50Meg Virgin User 20/09/2011 @ 9:27 am

      You do realise that if Steam shows 5.6MB/s (e.g. from downloading red orchestra yesterday) download speeds actually equates to about 45Mbps…. You know the difference between Bits and Bytes right?

  2. James Brown 15/09/2011 @ 8:04 pm

    Andrew, 1Gbit is the speed operators are going to need to pump HD video over multicast IP into the home. Trialing the new Cisco line cards now makes good sense to stay ahead of the curve.

  3. rick 19/09/2011 @ 9:29 pm

    @Andrew Smith steam shows in megabytes.. 50megabits is 6.1megabytes.

    • Houkouonchi 24/09/2011 @ 7:23 pm

      and steam is not the most accurate in their display of speed but do have pretty fast servers. He was probably maxing his 50mbit connection.

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