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Virgin Media Trials 40Gbps Network Infrastructure

Posted: 06th May, 2008 By: MarkJ
Virgin Media has joined forces with Nortel and Juniper Networks to trial a new 40Gbps (details) infrastructure, which was conducted over a 217 mile span of the operator’s current UK 10G network:

"Our aim for this trial was to ensure we continue to meet the growing capacity needs of the high-speed services we deliver and provide a quality experience for Virgin Media customers," said Daniel Hennessy, director of Technical Architecture, Virgin Media to CNN Money.

"Our strategic suppliers have demonstrated very clearly how existing network assets can be scaled to meet the growth in demand associated with evolving customer behaviour and step changes in the products provided as part of our high-speed broadband proposition. Our optical network will provide a solid foundation for growth as it takes advantage of technology designed to avoid electrical regeneration and where possible reduce the incremental cost of scaling transport capacity."

The April 2008 trial involved carrying live 40Gbps wavelength traffic over a 350km span on the Virgin Media optical network using Nortel core optical transmission equipment and Juniper Networks T-series core routers with 40Gbps interfaces.
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