Following its successful results 'North-South' trial, Virgin Media will begin to roll out its 50 Gbits/s broadband service later this year.

The trial, which took place at the end of last month and is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK, utilised Juniper routers and Nortel's Adaptive Optical Engine to carry 40Gbits/s traffic on the Virgin network over a 350km stretch between London and Manchester.

"Our aim for this trial was to ensure that we continue to meet the growing capacity needs of the high-speed services we deliver," explained Daniel Hennessy, director of technical architecture at Virgin Media.

"The live trial demonstrated how Juniper Networks high-performance routers can be used by service providers to leverage existing investments and cost-effectively and efficiently scale their networks to meet the demands of next-generation services," added Opher Kahane, senior vice president and head of High End Systems Business Unit, Juniper Networks.

The new high-speed service will be offered in 2, 10, 20 and 50Gbits/s packages but an exact date for the service has yet to be announced.