Spain: Telefónica launches Plastic Optical Fiber
November 14, 2017
From David Del Valle in Madrid
Spanish telco Telefónica is currently testing Plastic Optical Fiber (POF), a network made of plastic which, according to the company, is easy to install in households and guarantees a connection of up to 1Gbps.
Telefónica has so far tested it in 30 households with up to four fibre sockets in each home (with hybrid network POF and WiFi). The plastic fibre is 2mm in diameter and is installed without connectors, thus cheaper to deploy.
Telefónica has worked with Spanish technological company KDPOF in creating the fibre.
Telefónica is also testing WiFi at 60 GHz with a bandwidth of up to 4600 Mpbs to improve connectivity. This technology allows the rapid download of content, the streaming of high quality video, wireless docking and connection to virtual reality devices.