Nokia has announced that it will be teaming up with Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) in efforts to push out 8 gigabits per second of Internet speeds via an ordinary twisted-pair copper telephone wire. The use of the new Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) protocol will be called XG-FAST and it will be an extension of Nokia’s current G.fast technology.
The new tech will provide fibre-optic like speeds but using telephone wires that can easily be installed into millions of Australian homes with ease. Lab tests within the NBN’s north Sydney facility on a 98-foot wire showed that speeds could reach 10Gbps, whilst longer 230-foot wires were capable of reaching 5Gbps.
Nokia and NBN are both working to perfect the technology so they can provide a stable 2Gbps over a 100-foot wire, so they can roll out the new tech across the country. NBN’s CTO Dennis Steiger said, “lab trials we have conducted demonstrate the huge potential that the technology offers. – at a lower cost and time to deploy.”
Deutsche Telekom successfully tested the XG-FAST protocol in February 2016 and the tests proved that the protocol could push out speeds beyond 11Gbps, which is 100x faster than the current speeds capable on a standard telephone DSL line in homes today. The current G.fast technology basically widens the DSL spectrum from 17MHz to 106MHz allowing more data to be pushed across the line, albeit within short distances, hence the need for the XG-FAST protocol.
The real value for money will be achieved by those homes currently ostracised from the fibre-optic roll out areas. Isolated or far out homes across Australia will soon have the option to beef up their current Internet DSL lines with the XG-FAST protocol to achieve fibre-optic like speeds for a fraction of the price.
As a result of this industry shift, Buckscoop expect to see a variety of providers popping up to offer great deals and discounts on cheaper Internet for homes unable to receive fibre-optic. We are also confident that the option to choose this Internet alternative over fibre-optic may offer some money saving opportunities too, not to mention some healthy competition to drive down fibre-optic prices.