Australia’s nbn is testing Nokia’s XG-FAST technology in the lab as it looks to boost the performance of its copper infrastructure.
The Australian government-owned broadband network recorded peak aggregate data throughput speeds of more than 8Gbps over a 30-metre twisted-pair copper cable in the test and 5Gbps over 70 metres.
Dennis Steiger, CTO at nbn, said: "Although XG-FAST is still in its very early stages of development, the lab trials we have conducted demonstrate the huge potential that the technology offers.
“XG-FAST gives us the ability to deliver multi-gigabit speeds over copper lines - virtually on a par with what is currently available on FTTP - but at a lower cost and time to deploy.”
It is the third operator to test XG-FAST, which promises fibre-like speeds on existing copper networks, following BT in the UK and Deutsche Telekom in Germany.
Nokia’s Bell Labs first trumpeted XG-FAST tech back in 2014.
Federico Guillen, President of Nokia's Fixed Networks business group, said: “We are committed to further developing the technology to eventually support 2Gbps or more at 100 metr e s, enabling longer distances to effectively cover buildings and clusters of homes without the need to rewire.”
Yesterday, Ovum released research, commissioned by nbn and BT, that forecast nearly 29 million households will be served by G.fast technology by 2021.