Virgin Media boosts bandwidth with Nortel sub link

An upgrade to a 238-kilometre undersea cable will help quadruple Virgin Media's network bandwidth.

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Virgin Media has boosted its network between the UK and Ireland with a 40Gbps underwater optical cable link from Nortel.

Virgin upgraded the existing Nortel line from 10Gbps to help support its roll-out of super-fast broadband across the UK. The line runs underneath the Irish Sea and overland, linking Lytham St. Annes in the UK to Dublin in Ireland a distance of 238 kilometres.

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The new network offers 12 wavelengths at 40Gbps, meaning the new cable boosts capacity by 480Gbps.

Peter Newcombe, head of metro Ethernet network sales for Nortel in Europe, said in a statement that the system "enables the upgrade of existing optical networks without the need for extensive network re-engineering or massive recabling costs."

Virgin Media is in the process of rolling out superfast broadband across the country.

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