Virgin Media Evaluates 4G Broadband

Telecom giant Virgin Media has carried out an evaluation-programme for testing the feasibility of its fibre network based next-generation mobile services. Apparently, this new test is being seen by many as a sign of the company's intentions to bid for the 4G spectrum auction, which is scheduled to take place later this year.

As of now, Virgin is planning to roll out a nationwide wireless network by using small transmitters, in addition to its existing fibre networks to broadcast the company's very own superfast mobile services.

The new technology, according to reports, has been designed to provide users with a 6 times faster mobile connectivity, in comparison to the speed offered by current 3G networks.

Virgin also carried out a test last month in Oxford Street in central London, to evaluate the technology required in rolling out 4G services.

"This wireless solution fits so well with our fibre network which covers most major cities. We are interested in working with WiFi as well as licensed spectrum. It provides capacity to where people need it the most," Kevin Baughan, director of wireless at Virgin Media stated, Financial Times reports.

The company has also placed its bid for the contracts aimed at facilitating quality Wi-Fi services, to local areas.