Virgin Media is making the most of what it’s got, using technology from Cisco in an initiative designed to deliver speeds of up to 1.5 Gbps over its existing cable network. As proof, the company hit that mark during a test in the U.K.’s East London, an area that is racing to ramp up its infrastructure in preparation for the 2012 Olympics.

The trial used Cisco’s (3G60) Broadband Processing Engine, a line card designed to enable cable television operators to offer IP video services for Cisco’s flagship uBR10K Universal Broadband Router and Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS). This setup supports the full set of DOCSIS 3.0 features at scale, including IPv6, and supports advanced features such as dynamic bandwidth sharing.

According to Cisco, a single one of its routers using the 3G60 can support up to 576 downstream and 480 upstream channels per chassis, which the company reports is the highest CMTS capacity and density in the industry.

Mark Palazzo, vice president and general manager, Cable Access Business Unit Cisco, said: “Cisco CMTS solutions are designed to support large-scale IP broadband and video services today – as well as the migration to IP networks in the near future. We are proud to help Virgin Media achieve such significant milestones with its network capacity and broadband connection speeds.”

Related Links:

Photo by flickr user king_david_uk, used under Creative Commons license