BT Just Tested 40Gbps Broadband

By Tom Pritchard on at

In what is being called a European first, BT has teamed up with Huawei to test out some brand new broadband tech. Things seem to be going well, because a whopping 40Gbps speed has just been recorded.

With a FTTP (fibre-to-the-premises) connection running between BT's Adastral Park R&D centre and the University of Suffolk, a single fibre cable managed  to simultaneously deliver speeds of 40Gbps (with NG-PON2 tech), 10Gbps (XGS-PON) and 2.5Gbps (GPON). According to BT, current FTTP speeds max out a 330 Mbps, using single fibre cables with 2.5Gbps of transmitting capacity.

The idea behind the testing is to ensure that current broadband infrastructure is future-proofed, and able to deal with increasing bandwidth demand that it's likely to experience in the near future.

Openreach CEO Clive Selley had this to say:

"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. So whether you’re a small business specialising in graphic design or a keen gamer using UHD and virtual reality, we’ll make sure your communications provider can offer you the speeds and value for money services that you need."

Selley also said that by 2020 BT wants 12 million homes connected to ultra-fast broadband, using FTTP and G.fast, with the majority of the country connected by 2025. For those that don't know, G.fast being a system that 'supercharges' fibre-to-street-cabinet (FTTC) connections and currently boasts speeds of 300 Mbps. It's expected that this will increase to 500 Mbps over the next four years, though the amount of speed increase you'll see will depend on how far away your nearest cabinet is. [TechRadar]