While we understand companies wanting to push the speed boundaries in terms of broadband, we have to wonder if making decent speeds available to everyone wouldn’t be a better use of their time.
In April this year, Virgin Media announced it was going to begin trialling 1.5Gbps broadband and by way of launching the trial, it used TechHub in London to successfully showcase the service.
The service works by bonding together 32 channels on the DOCSIS 3 network Virgin Media rolled out a couple of years ago for its 50Mbps service. Of course we won’t be seeing 1.5Gbps download and 150Mbps upload speeds in our homes any day soon. The service will be initially rolled out in a consumer trial in east London to see how consumers will use the service.
"As people are simultaneously connecting more gadgets to the internet and doing more online than ever before, we wanted to explore what our unique fibre optic network is capable of. At speeds of up to 1.5Gb, Virgin Media is delivering some of the fastest broadband in the world and, thanks to our ongoing investment, we're able to anticipate and lead the way in meeting growing demand for bandwidth as future services and applications come online," Jon James, Executive Director of Broadband, Virgin Media said.
However if we are to be brutally honest, we can’t see much point in rolling out a service of this speed at the moment. Most computers only support up to 1Gbps Ethernet connections and wireless networks are even further behind in terms of capacities of this magnitude. However multiple-user networks could benefit from the increased speeds and Virgin Media demonstrated several computers downloading and uploading simultaneously while still supporting 3D and HDTV streams.
With more and more devices in the home becoming connected, the need for broadband speeds of this magnitude will certainly become necessary in the future, we just don’t think we’re there yet - more investment in improving current networks may be of more advantage to more people.