Virgin Media to Trial Broadband over UK Power Poles

Virgin Media (www.virginmedia.com) has announced that residents of the Welsh village of Crumlin, Caerphilly, will be the first in the UK to trial broadband delivered over existing electricity poles. Following a landmark agreement with Surf Telecoms, a Western Po...

Jul 27th, 2010
Virgin Media (www.virginmedia.com) has announced that residents of the Welsh village of Crumlin, Caerphilly, will be the first in the UK to trial broadband delivered over existing electricity poles. Following a landmark agreement with Surf Telecoms, a Western Power Distribution company, homes in the village of Crumlin will be connected directly to Virgin Media's fiber-optic network. The trial will start next month and is scheduled to run into 2011.

The agreement with Surf Telecoms marks the first use of existing commercial infrastructure to aerially deliver ultrafast broadband to a community currently beyond the reach of a fiber-optic network in the UK. Virgin Media began trialing aerial deployment in the Berkshire village of Woolhampton in March this year using purpose-built infrastructure.
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