BT To Trial Huawei G.FAST FTTdp Copper Broadband Technology

BT To Trial Huawei G.FAST FTTdp Copper Broadband Technology

Huawei and BT are to hold a technical trial of G.FAST fibre to the distribution point (FTTdp) technology that could make it possible to offer faster broadband speeds using existing copper infrastructure.

The majority of superfast broadband users in the UK receive Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC), which requires the use of copper for the final few hundred metres. Faster services are available using Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), but this is more costly as it requires fibre to be deployed directly to homes and businesses.

The new option takes the fibre to a “distribution point” closer to the customer’s permises, and makes use of the shorter distance, to apply G.FAST technology, a faster version of DSL which can offer speeds of 1Gbps over a distance of up to 250 metres using copper, and deliver faster speeds without the expense and disruption caused by FTTP deployment.

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