A team of researchers at Bell Labs has today announced new plans to use traditional copper lines in order to provide speeds that are a lot faster than fibre optic connections, reportedly reaching transfer data speeds at a record level of 10Gbps.
Bell labs achieved this during a speed test in its laboratory, using two pairs of 30 meter lines in order to demonstrate how existing copper access networks could support at least 1Gbps, which means that network providers could cut most of their costs by using technology that already exists, and even provide a better service to customers by using these cables where its not possible to lay fibre optic cables.
“Achieving 1 Gbps ‘symmetrical’ services – where bandwidth can be split to provide simultaneous upload and download speeds of 1Gbps – is a major breakthrough for copper broadband, fiber can be brought to the curbside, wall or basement of a building and the existing copper network used for the final few meters.” Bell Labs explained in its statement.
The problem is with copper cables there can be certain speed jumps that can drop away as the distance from the exchange increases, as is the problem with the current copper cable offering, meaning that those who live far away from telephone exchanges would still need a fibre optic cables for faster speeds.
You can find out more at the BBC’s article and the press release below.