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Virgin Media introduces mmWave wireless to its rural fiber model

UK cable operator Virgin Media has announced that it is carrying out trials, in a small English village, described as delivering TV services and gigabit broadband “wirelessly over full fiber” in a world-first. The Liberty Global-owned operator has hooked up two antennas, three kilometers apart, called trunk points, between which a 10Gbps signal is transmitted using high capacity millimeter wave technology. A cabinet containing the DAA (distributed access architecture) node and inverted node then handles the conversion process into a DOCSIS signal, with the DAA node interfacing with the inverted node, ultimately allowing TV and broadband services to be delivered over a fiber-to-the-home(FTTh) connection to the Virgin Media premises. These trials represent a significant step forward in the case for…

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