Irish wholesale broadband provider SIRO, an ESB-Vodafone joint venture, is testing fibre technology that could offer symmetrical 10GBps connections. The company worked with Huawei to trial XGS-PON technology on its FTTH network, which has now surpassed 120,000 premises in 25 towns.
Standardised in 2016, XGS-PON uses different wavelengths of light to allow multiple signals to travel down the same strand of fibre. It can offer upload and download speeds of 10GBps to a single end-user and is deployed as an upgrade without the need for further construction.
Ronan Whelan, SIRO Commercial Director, said: “What is exciting about this trial is that these blistering fast speeds have been obtained using the exact same network that carries SIRO’s 100 per cent fibre-optic broadband services to homes and businesses across Ireland.
Last month, SIRO signed up Sky as a customer.