19 October 2016

Openreach and Huawei make pioneering FTTP broadband breakthrough

Openreach and Huawei make pioneering FTTP broadband breakthrough

Openreach and Huawei have scored a European first by trialling an exciting new broadband technology which could super-charge speeds for businesses and consumers in the future.

The trial involved a fibre-to-the-site (FTTP) connection running between the University of Suffolk, Ipswich Exchange, and BT’s world celebrated R&D centre at Adastral Park.

It saw 40Gbps, 10Gbps and 2.5Gbps speeds delivered at the same time over a single fibre optic cable.

The most common FTTP technologies in the UK today offer maximum speeds of up to 330Mbps, with a single fibre transmission 2.5Gbps of capacity, which is then shared between customers.

But this latest breakthrough shows that much lesser capacity of 40Gbps and 10Gbps can be supported on the same fibre, demonstrating how FTTP networks can be future-proofed to stay well ahead of prospective demand for information measure.

Using separate wavelengths

The different technologies use separate wavelengths, meaning that all three can operate seamlessly on the same fibre network, best-known as ‘co-existence’. This demonstrates not only how operators can adapt to meet ultrafast speeds in the future, but besides shows the latent capability of the network that Openreach has not yet deployed.

Clive Selley, chief executive of Openreach, said: “Superfast speeds are now available to nine out of ten homes and businesses and we're taking fibre further. We're besides excited to be delivery the country ultrafast speeds.”

He continued: “We’ll be taking ultrafast to up to 12 million UK site by the end of 2020, and to the majority by 2025. But it’s besides vital that we continue to look even further into the future, and prepare for increasing information consumption over our network. That’s what this trial is all about.”

Future-proofed and tailored

“The trial proves that not only is our FTTP network fit for the future, but with the right instrumentality 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 exploitation UHD and virtual reality, we’ll make sure your communication theory provider can offer you the speeds and value for money employment that you need.”

Added Clive Selley: “I’m looking forward to discussing this technology breakthrough further with our communication theory providers to see how it could help shape their future plans.”

Jeff Wang, president of Huawei Access network, said: “Huawei has been running an Innovation program with Openreach for galore years and we are looking forward to continued the partner relationship for the future.”

UK’s Digital future

He added: “Huawei’s investment and innovation in some fibre and copper based technologies will help Openreach to deploy the ultrafast broadband to serve the UK public for galore years to come and help accomplish Openreach ambitions of passing ten million homes with G.fast and up to a further two million homes with FTTP by 2020.”

The University of Suffolk has been exploitation the new service for the past two weeks allowing it the high information measures required for today’s exigent research. During the next phase of testing the University will use the high information measure for streaming lectures, designing games, and delivering online courses.

Peter O’Rourke, director of IT at University of Suffolk, said: “The university is proud to partner with industry and so welcomed the chance to collaborate with Huawei and Openreach to demonstrate these exciting new technologies.”