BT and Huawei launch trial of 40Gbps ultrafast broadband

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Openreach, BT's local network business, has launched a trial in partnership with leading network equipment vendor Huawei which has delivered a 40Gbps broadband speed. 

The partners ran a  Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) connection running between the University of Suffolk, Ipswich Exchange, and BT’s world renowned R&D centre at Adastral Park. Speeds of 40Gbps10Gbps, and 2.5Gbps speeds were delivered simultaneously over a single fibre optic cable. 

For comparison, the fastest maximum speeds which an FTTP connection using current technologies can achieve in the UK today is 330Mbps with a single fibre supporting 2.5Gbps of capacity to share between customers. Greater capacity, to a magnitude of 10 – 40Gbps, can be supported along the same fibre to help future-proof them against increasing demand. 

Clive Selley, Openreach CEO, said: “We’ll be taking ultrafast to up to 12 million UK premises by the end of 2020, and to the majority by 2025. But it’s also vital that we continue to look even further into the future, and prepare for increasing data consumption over our network. That’s what this trial is all about." 

Three different technologies were utilised to achieve the aforementioned 40Gbps10Gbps, and 2.5Gbps speeds  each operating via a separate wavelength which enables it to be used on the same fibre network. 

Being a research institution with demanding bandwidth requirements, the University of Suffolk has been using the service for the past two weeks. In the next test phase, the university will use the bandwidth for streaming lectures, designing games, and delivering online courses. 

“The trial proves that not only is our FTTP network fit for the future but with the right equipment in the customer’s home and at the exchange, we can tailor speeds to suit their individual requirements. So whether you’re a small business specialising in graphic design or a keen gamer using UHD and virtual reality, we’ll make sure your communications provider can offer you the speeds and value for money services that you need," explains Selley. 

At the moment, over 91 percent of homes and businesses can access superfast speeds of 30Mbps and higher with the Openreach fibre network is available to 26 million homes and businesses. The company intends to make "ultrafast" speeds available to as many as 12 million premises by the end of 2020 using a mixture of FTTP and technologies. 

Jeff Wang, president of Huawei Access network, said: “Huawei has been running an Innovation program with Openreach for many years and we are looking forward to continuing the partner relationship for the future. Huawei’s investment and innovation in both fibre and copper-based technologies will help Openreach to deploy the ultrafast broadband to serve the UK public for many years to come and help achieve Openreach ambitions of passing 10 million homes with and up to a further 2 million homes with FTTP by 2020.” 

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25 Oct 2016, 8:03 p.m.

This isn't news, its an egged up press release about the current superfarce in the UK and is mainly hype.