BT and Alcatel-Lucent successfully completed a fiber broadband field test this week, increasing data transfer speed efficiency by 42.5 percent. The transfer reached 1.4 terabits per second, which the companies say is the fastest ever broadband speed.
The transfer took place between central London’s BT Tower and BT Adastral Park research facility in Ipswich, 410km away. Data moved along existing fiber broadband cables, and demonstrated the potential for the in-ground infrastructure to meet future demand.
“Essentially it’s more important for ISPs and consumers won’t see any immediate benefits, just that their provider will be able to keep up with their demands,” Oliver Johnson, CEO of broadband analyst firm Point Topic told IBTimes UK. “Consumers won’t be able to have 1.4 terabits speeds in the near future, certainly not in the next decade.”
Currently, BT’s broadband network runs over fiber cables between the exchange and a “local cabinet,” and then to the individual customer on old copper cables. This method is known as fiber-to-the-cabinet or FTTC, and is a popular method of fiber delivery in Europe due to its cost-effectiveness.
FTTC is expected to be replaced by “G.Fast” network technology, which may provide 1000MBPS speeds through fiber cables extended closer to the end user.
While improving speed is a constant concern for hosting and network companies, most recent developments have involved software boosting speed for big data transfers by avoiding duplication and bottlenecks, or the benefits of SSD hardware.