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BT to test 500Mbps broadband over copper in two towns

Mikael Ricknäs | Feb. 2, 2015
British Telecom thinks that a new technology called G.fast can increase broadband speeds over copper to hundreds of megabits per second, and will soon conduct trials to see if it's right.

In the last year, G.fast has made a lot of headway, but it hasn't always been easy going. The technology increases the bandwidth by using more spectrum. That requires hardware to be good at handling interference, a far from trivial requirement.

Getting it to work has been a challenge for chipset manufacturers and equipment vendors. The standardization of G.fast started in 2011, and was meant to be finished by April last year. That time frame proved overly optimistic for such a complex effort. In the end, another seven months were needed to get it right.

Both BT and Telekom Austria see a future where fiber all the way to homes and offices is used alongside copper networks. BT is also planning to develop a premium fiber broadband service for consumers and businesses that want even faster broadband, up to 1Gbps.

 

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