A handful of homes in Cambridgeshire have tested broadband speeds of 8Gbps, as part of a trial by Virgin Media.
Currently only eight households, in the village of Papworth, are involved in the trial but Virgin Media hopes to extend this to 50 over time.
The technology it uses, ethernet passive optical network, offers the same speeds for downloads and uploads.
One analyst said it was important that fibre operators future-proofed networks and ensured there was enough capacity.
That's nuts! As an IT consultant & can happily live with 50Mbps down, 15Mbps up. What on earth does someone NEED that sort of speed for in a home?