Openreach, the infrastructure unit of British fixed line incumbent BT, and Chinese vendor Huawei claim to have become the first companies in Europe to trial the latest fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology. In a press release confirming the development, BT revealed that it had conducted a simultaneous demo of 40Gbps ‘NG-PON2’, 10Gbps ‘XGS-PON’ and 2.5Gbps ‘GPON’ over a single fibre-optic cable, with trial involving a FTTP connection running between the University of Suffolk, Ipswich Exchange and BT’s R&D centre at Adastral Park. With the University of Suffolk having been using the service for the past two weeks, during the next phase of testing the educational institute is expected to utilise the high bandwidth for streaming lectures, designing games, and delivering online courses, amongst other services.
Commenting on the technology trial, Openreach CEO Clive Selley said: ‘Superfast speeds are now available to nine out of ten homes and businesses and we’re taking fibre further … We’ll be taking ultrafast to up to twelve 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 … 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.’