Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Virgin Media Tests Aerial FTTH in the UK

UK-based Virgin Media is evaluating the use of telegraph poles to connect residential customers to its fiber network. A field trial planned for the Berkshire village of Woolhampton. Villagers will be offered Virgin Media's TV service, including around 5,000 hours of catch up TV and on demand content. The trial will start this month and is scheduled to run for approximately six months.

Virgin Media has previously announced plans to extend its fiber optic network, which today passes 12.6 million homes, to 500,000 new homes and has identified more than one million homes in parts of the UK that stand to benefit from deployment over telegraph poles.

The company noted that government regulators are currently considering a change to planning guidelines which is needed to enable large scale overhead deployment.