Fastest ever broadband speeds achieved in London test

Alcatel-Lucent and BT have announced that in joint tests conducted in central London they were able to achieve the ‘fastest-ever’ reported broadband speeds. Using existing infrastructure the companies said that they had recorded speeds of 1.4 terabits per second during a test conducted on a 255 mile link running between the BT Tower in London”s Fitzrovia and Ipswich.

While it is unlikely consumers will see any benefits, at least in the short-term, it does suggest that more efficient data transfer is possible via the existing infrastructure which could mean that for internet service providers (ISPs) costly upgrades may not be required. The high speeds reached during the test were achieved using existing fibre cable technology that has already been installed in much of the UK and other parts of the world.

Speaking to the BBC Oliver Johnson, chief executive of the broadband analyst firm, Point Topic said, “BT and Alcatel-Lucent are making more from what they”ve got. It allows them to increase their capacity without having to spend much more money.”

Figures from Alcatel-Lucent suggest that the demand for higher bandwidth is growing by around 35% every year, driven in no small part by the growing popularity of such services as Netflix. With rates of growth at that level expected to continue and even accelerate the need for more efficient ways to transfer data will remain a serious issue that ISPs will need to address.

1.4 terabits would give an ISP the capacity to transmit 44 HD movies at once. At present the fastest package for consumers in the UK is from Virgin Media which offers 120 megabits per second.


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