Openreach and NetComm demo gigabit G.fast technology

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James Pearce
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Trials of what NetComm claims is the world’s first reverse powered G.fast Distribution Point Unit hit speeds of 1.66Gbps over 40m of copper lead-in cable

Openreach has demonstrated gigabit speeds across G.fast technology as part of a trial with NetComm Wireless.

The recent trials of what NetComm claims is the world’s first reverse powered G.fast Distribution Point Unit hit speeds of 1.66Gbps over 40 metres of copper lead-in cable.

BT has been eyeing G.fast technology as a way of bringing faster speeds to its existing UK copper network, with pilots currently being carried out in 17 areas. It is widely viewed as an alternative to fibre, although critics argue the incumbent should focus on its fibre rollout.

Peter Bell, director of network solutions and operations for Openreach said: "Our aim is to deliver high-speeds to as many people, as quickly as possible. We've outlined plans to provide ultrafast speeds to 12 million premises by the end of 2020 and we want to go further. 

“We're working with NetComm Wireless to understand how we can deploy this technology closer to the premises to reach even more customers."

The latest trial, which was carried out in Ipswich, saw NetComm’s DPU installed in a pit or on a telegraph pole up to 150m from the premise, offering gigabit speeds using the ITU’s latest specifications.

Timo Brouwer, COO, NetComm Wireless said: "NetComm Wireless began developing FTTdp DPUs when it became clear that an alternative to fibre to the premises was needed. Openreach is always looking forward, and we are pleased to have demonstrated the latest generation of Gfast FTTdpcapabilities that will support the broadband demands of the future."