Israeli incumbent fixed line provider Bezeq has revealed plans to launch the first tests of its fibre-optic network in Petah Tikva’s Em Hamoshava neighbourhood. The telco will trial fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) services in the area over a three-month period, granting residential customers access to the fibre-based connections. It has suggested that, in the future, should it move forward with a commercial deployment of the technology it would be able to offer downlink speeds of up to 1Gbps to its customers.
The telco also noted that, as it comes closer to completing the rollout of its next generation network (NGN), it expects to introduce faster speeds over the infrastructure. With Bezeq expecting more than 80% of its customer base to have access to the NGN by end-2012, it has revealed that it in the coming year it will examine the use of techniques such as vectoring, line bonding and phantom mode with a view to boosting downlink rates over the VDSL2 network. It has said that using such techniques 200Mbps downstream connections could be made available at some point in 2012. Additional street cabinets are also to be deployed by the telco, as it looks to further enhance its broadband infrastructure, and bolster the speeds available to subscribers.