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.
Frustrated villagers call on BT to deliver promise of better broadband
Frustrated villagers in an internet ‘not-spot’ have called on BT to deliver on its promises and give them a decent service. Householders in Oakley Green and Fifield are urging the firm to solve the problem of super-slow connection speeds of 0.1mb a second. BT and Berkshire’s six unitary councils, including the Royal Borough, have signed an £8m contract which the communications giant says will see high-speed broadband available across 90 per cent of the county within two years. But wary customers have pledged to continue pushing for their problems to be resolved.
Huawei denies ever being told to spy on customers
Chinese tech firm Huawei has sought to dispel rumours that it spies for the Chinese government. In a foreword for a cybersecurity paper issued by his company, deputy chairman of the board Ken Hu writes that Huawei has “never received any instructions or requests from any government or their agencies to change our positions, policies, procedures, hardware, software or employment practices or anything else, other than suggestions to improve our end-to-end cyber security capability.