Openreach, a BT group company, has demonstrated 100Gbps broadband service at BT’s R&D centre at Adastral Park, UK.
The live demonstration uses a standard residential Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) connection with advanced transmission technology – which can boost the broadband signal with enough capacity to stream 4,000 ultra HD quality movies simultaneously.
The new broadband technology, developed together with partners Huawei, could super-charge speeds for businesses and consumers.
“This is the first time this has been demonstrated in public, and because we’re using standard infrastructure we can show exactly how we‘d transmit data to a customer’s premises,” said Mark Lam, chief information officer for Openreach.
Openreach and Huawei, during the next phase of testing, will use the high bandwidth to evolve the global PON (passive optical network) standards and push towards field trialling the technology as the industry chain matures.
“Superfast speeds are available to 9 out of 10 homes and businesses. We will be bringing ultrafast speeds to up to 12 million UK premises by the end of 2020,” said Clive Selley, CEO of Openreach.
Jeff Wang, president of Huawei Access network, was instrumental in conducting the broadband trials in the UK.
Around 92 percent of homes and businesses in the UK have access to superfast speeds of 30Mbps and above, whilst the Openreach fibre network is available to 26.5 million homes and businesses. More than 100 different communications providers (CPs) are offering services over the company’s wholesale fibre network.
The company said its ultrafast speeds will be available to 12 million premises by the end of 2020, using a mixture of FTTP and G.fast technologies.