Deutsche Telekom and Nokia Achieve 10G Speeds in Lab Tests

by Istvan Fekete on February 3, 2016

big-copper-bundleDeutsche Telekom and Nokia have announced the successful accomplishment of a laboratory trial demonstrating how XG-FAST, a new fixed ultra-broadband access technology, can be used by service providers to meet the growing demand for high-quality Internet services delivered over their existing copper networks.

The laboratory trial was conducted at the end of 2015 by Nokia’s subsidiary Alcatel-Lucent. The demonstrated technology is a Bell Labs-developed extension of Nokia’s already available technology.

During the tests – conducted at Deutsche Telekom’s cable laboratory in Darmstadt, Germany – the XG-FAST generated data throughput speeds of more than 10 gigabits-per-second (Gbps), about 200 times faster than speeds of the average residential broadband connection today.

This means the copper-based technology could reduce the download time of a two-hour HD movie to less than 10 seconds, or that users would be able to upload 1,000 photos in less than two seconds.

As the press release announcing the successful trial of the XG-FAST technology, the lab tests have demonstrated an aggregated bandwidth exceeding 11 Gbps on two 50-metre bonded pairs of Category 6 cable. Similar tests using standard drop cable illustrated the feasibility of XG-FAST for fiber-to-the-front-door applications, achieving aggregate rates that exceed 8 Gbps over 50 m. The results may be different in real-life tests, though.

“As a global leader in ultra-broadband fixed access we are offering operators a mix of fiber and copper technologies to deploy high-quality services more quickly and cost-effectively. The XG-FAST trial with Deutsche Telekom represents an important milestone in our ongoing efforts to extend the potential of copper for delivering ultra-fast speeds, while also bringing fiber closer to residential and business users,” said Federico Guillén, Nokia’s President of Fixed Networks.

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