There are many buildings connected to a copper network providing telecommunications services. There are places where installing optical fiber directly in the apartment – FTTH (Fiber to the Home) – is not possible. In addition, the installation of optical fibers to each of the apartments is also associated with additional costs.
But there is a way to bring high-speed Internet connection to the apartment at a rate of up to 1Gbps through the existing copper line. It is possible to achieve rate of 500-1000 Mbps with the loop of less than 100 m. This distance should be sufficient for connecting optical fiber only to the building – FTTB (Fiber to the Building).
In July, the first tests of G.Fast technology where conducted by Orange in its laboratories. As Orange informs on its blog, the test involved providing in G.fast all of the services available in the FTTH package, which includes television service (HDTV), voice calls (VoIP) and Internet 300/30 Mbps.
But it is not over. In October BT, the service provider from the UK, carried out tests in XG.fast technology, which allowed to achieve speeds of 5.6 Gbps at 35 meters and 1.8 Gbps on 100 meters.