BT is claiming to have made a “big breakthrough” with fibre broadband, which could see homes and businesses have access to speeds of 1Gbps.
Speaking at the Huawei Ultra-Broadband Forum 2014 in London, Tim Whitley, Managing Director, Research and Innovation at the telco, revealed that a trial of so-called G-Fast technology has managed download speeds of 800Mbps and upload speeds of 200Mbps.
“We have a problem with our access network,” Whitley told delegates, noting a preponderance of copper twisted pair lines in the final drop to the home.
Currently BT is rolling out Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC), which uses a combination of fibre and copper lines, as its preferred technology for broadband roll-out.
BT claims that the new technology can achieve good speeds over longer lines of 66m (216ft), which it said encompasses 80 per cent of connections.