Virgin Media trial 8Gbps broadband

50 homes in the Cambridgeshire village of Papworth will experience the service for six months.

Virgin Media is trialling new hyperfast 8Gbps broadband in Cambridgeshire. 

50 homes in the small village of Papworth will get to experience the service, which will be delivered using Virgin’s existing fibre-to-the-home (FTTP) network, over the next six months. 

It’s over 200 times faster than the average UK broadband speed of 16Mb and can download an entire HD film in less than five seconds. 

Aside from the blazingly fast speeds, the other huge advantage of this service is its synchronous upload and download speeds which make backing up large files to the cloud significantly faster. 

Virgin has stated that they’ve got no real plans to roll this service out to the masses, it’s more of a test to see just how much their full fibre network is capable of supporting.

This is just as well as the vast majority of internet services and hardware aren't physically capable of supporting this speed.

Papworth has previously been the site of broadband tests with Hyperoptic and Gigaclear trialling a 1Gbps service there back in 2014.  

Source: ISPreview

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