BT and Nokia test new technology for ultimate downloads
Internet speeds in the UK are not exactly an example globally, with a staggering number of countries including Jersey, Gibraltar, Iceland, Switzerland, Norway and Estonia beating us all when it comes to fast downloads. However, that could all change.
BT’s Openreach and telecom company Nokia have joined forces to test a new connection and the results are making current UK broadband look embarrassingly slow. Using cutting-edge technology, the company has managed to fly the web to devices at a whopping 25 Gbps – that’s about 400 times faster than the current average UK broadband speed.
For example, a home with a standard 70Mbps would have to wait about 12 minutes to download a full blockbuster movie in High Definition. If a 25 Gbps connection comes through the walls, it only takes a second for the same movie to land on your television.
It gets even better for anyone with a PS5 or Xbox Series X, as triple-A games can be downloaded in just 17 seconds. It currently takes more than two hours in some homes to get these latest games, which can easily get close to 100GB.
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Openreach and Nokia say they delivered this feat using advanced ’25G PON’ technology, which can zoom broadband over a single optical fiber. What makes it even more exciting is that it can run on the same underlying infrastructure that Openreach is already building in the UK. That should make it faster and easier to bring this upgrade to streets without digging roads or replacing existing fiber optic cables.
Peter Bell, director of network technology at Openreach, said of the news: “As the nation’s largest provider of digital infrastructure, it is critical that we continue to plan, innovate and develop our network to ensure we have the capacity and capabilities that meet British needs in the future.
“The Full Fiber network we are building today will be the platform for the UK’s economic, social and environmental prosperity, and these trials prove that we can continue to improve the speeds and services our customers experience through that network for decades to come. . ”
And Sandy Motley, President of Nokia Fixed Networks, added: “The key to unlocking the virtually unlimited capacity offered by fiber is developing new generations of fiber technology – and faster chips. Nokia’s Quillion chip allows us to have a solution that supports three generations of PON technology from a single platform already in the Openreach network.”
Openreach recently announced that it will build ultra-fast full-fibre broadband to 43,000 buildings per week and will continue to accelerate to reach 25 million buildings nationwide by December 2026.
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