Alcatel-Lucent has conducted the first field trials of G.Fast in Japan with Energia Communications (EneCom).

The two companies are aiming to boost EneCom’s access network capacity ahead of an expected increase in network traffic brought about by events such as the 2018 Winter Olympics.

In particular, A-L is looking to boost the speed of EneCom’s existing copper network serving multi-dwelling buildings.

EneCom is described as providing community-oriented information and communication services, such as telecommunication and information processing, to Japan’s Chugoku region.

The France-based vendor said the trial showed how TWDM-PON can coexist on the same fibre with 1Gbps EPON, providing a total capacity of up to 40G.

Further, A-L said the trial paved the way for the delivery of higher capacity business and residential services, including ultra-high definition 8K television and video on demand.

Nicolas Bouverot, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent Japan, commented: “The need for a faster broadband network is rapidly increasing in Asia and in Japan where the competition for speed is tough.

“Using its TWDM-PON, G.fast, and IP/MPLS Service Router technologies, Alcatel-Lucent can build a competitive network for its customers that helps them to smoothly evolve to meet future customer demands.”

Asia-Pacific was the vendor’s biggest growth area in the first three months of the year. Sales were up by a fifth to €586 million.

[Read more: A-L wins China railway deal for fibre tech]

In Europe, Swisscom began connecting customers to G.Fast-based broadband last month.

BT is trailing the tech in the UK this year ahead of commercial deployments next year.

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