Openreach partners with Huawei to showcase ‘hyperfast’ broadband

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BT claims broadband service can reach “world-fastest” speeds of 100Gbps

Openreach has completed the world’s first live demonstration of ‘hyperfast’ broadband with what it claims to be the world’s fastest speeds of 100Gbps.

The demo was completed in partnership with Huawei at BT’s R&D centre in Adastral Park. BT claims the speeds offer enough capacity to stream 4,000 ultra HD quality films simultaneously. Average speeds in a consumer household in comparison, according to Ofcom, go up to 40Mbps.

This latest test has been designed to replicate real life settings, with a single fibre line carrying the broadband connection over Openreach’s fibre-to-the-premises network.

Today, around 92 per cent of homes and businesses in the UK have access to superfast speeds of 30Mbps and above, while the Openreach fibre network is available to 26.5 million homes and businesses.

The company will make ultrafast speeds available to as many as 12 million premises by the end of 2020, using FTTP and G.fast technologies.

Ready for growth

Openreach chief information officer Mark Lam said: “It demonstrates a massive hike in speed – the highest we’ve see worldwide. In fact it’s so fast that it’s very hard to transmit anything over it that can properly illustrate the capacity. It would pump more bandwidth into your home than the TV broadcasters use to transmit their raw footage from a football match.”

“We also need to be ready for the growth in other areas such as the new 5G mobile networks – set to be launched across Europe at the end of the decade, which also depend on fibre networks. By 2020, it is predicted that smartphone traffic will exceed PC traffic.”

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