Virgin Media looks to 100Mb broadband speeds - Wikimedia Comm

A trial using a combination of telegraph poles and Virgin Media fibre optics aims to deliver ultrafast broadband in the future.

Virgin Media said it had started a trial to deliver 50Mb broadband to Woolhampton, a village in Berkshire.

It claims that it will give the village speeds 10 times more than BT's copper network offers.

The deployment of overhead deployment depends in changes to planning guidelines being made by the UK government. Virgin thinks that using overhead poles as well as underground ducts with fibre can deliver next gen internet speeds to rural communities.

Neil Berkett, CEO of Virgin Media, said the trial was being undertaken to understand the viability of aerial deployment. "[It] may provide an exciting new way to extend next generation broadband services," he said.

Virgin's fibre optic network reaches 12.6 million homes in the UK and has plans to extend the network to 500,000 new homes.