Quad Play provider Virgin Media has revealed that it is testing the viability of delivering services to customers via copper lines rather than fiber optic ones in partnership with Vtesse Networks at speeds of up to 50mbps.
The trial is taking place in Cornwall and will involve broadband and television services as well delivered using VDSL2+. More than 400 buildings will be connected to the network for free providing access to around 1000 people.
Virgin Media says that for optimal delivery, the customers will need to be within 3.5km from the nearest street cabinet as the structure will rely on Fiber to the cabinet technology.
Should the test scheme prove to be successful, Virgin Media could be looking to expand the services - which will include HDTV and video on demand - across UK.
Incidentally, according to FierceTelecom, Cornwall is a major hub for transatlantic cables that come to the UK, carrying a big chunk of the traffic between the two countries.
Jon James, Virgin Media executive director for broadband, declared that "This is an important project for Virgin Media and demonstrates our ambition to extend our next generation services to areas outside our traditional cable TV footprint."
Intriguing that Virgin Media chooses to adopt copper rather than fiber optic to deliver content. But then, it is not "normal" copper cables since the network would be an extension of the FTTC technology deployed. Virgin Media might actually be trying to catch up with BT after the latter said tht it would be upgrading nearly half of its network to FTTC by 2012.