During a conference call with analysts this week Vidéotron ltée announced that the first trial phase of North America’s first wideband Internet test pilot had returned promising results."Even if there is work to be performed, we consider that we have successfully reached our first goal to significantly increase our Internet speed and capacity for our customers," said Manon Brouillette, Vidéotron’s senior VP of marketing, content and product development. She added Vidéotron’s wideband service will ultimately be able to offer Internet access at a cruising speed of 100 Mbps. The current testing, which began with 150 Vidéotron customers in December, proved that these high bandwidth rates could be achieved without deploying a new network or wiring. According to Pierre Roy, the cableco’s VP of IP technology engineering, the system fuses the existing in-service, live hybrid cable network. "When the technology is deployed, we just add the multi-channel modem to the existing drop and the customer is on," he said. Of course, the upgrade goes beyond increased Internet speeds. Dan Hessian, senior director of cable marketing for Cisco Systems, said, "We believe the providers that will be successful in the coming decade will learn to move beyond transport and other classic legacy type services, and really become what we would call experienced providers and really hone in on those end-customer experiences." Cisco is a partner with Vidéotron on this.