AUS­TRALIAN NBN PUSHES HOME COP­PER BROAD­BAND TO 8GBPS

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Aus­tralia’s Na­tional Broad­band Net­work (NBN) whole­sale op­er­a­tor has pushed the speed of broad­band over tra­di­tional cop­per wires to 8Gbps in a trial in its Syd­ney labs with Bell Labs.

The com­pany, which is charged with de­liv­er­ing last-mile broad­band to Aus­tralian homes and busi­nesses as a whole­sale provider to re­tail op­er­a­tors, was work­ing with Bell Labs, the Us-based re­search cen­tre that is now owned by Nokia.

The tech­nol­ogy “gives us the abil­ity to de­liver multi-gi­ga­bit speeds over cop­per lines – vir­tu­ally on a par with what is cur­rently avail­able on fi­bre-to-the-premises – but at a lower cost and time to de­ploy,” said NBN’S chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer, Den­nis Steiger. The tri­als took place at NBN’S labs in North Syd­ney.

Nokia said the tech­nol­ogy, which is called XG-FAST, could even­tu­ally de­liver 2Gbps over 100m of cop­per from cabi­net to cus­tomer.

The NBN trial de­liv­ered 8Gbps over a 30m twisted-pair cop­per ca­ble typ­i­cally de­ployed in field, and a peak ag­gre­gate speed of 5Gbps over 70m.

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