World's fastest high-speed broadband service goes live in Cornwall

Superfast broadbandBT has published details of the first ever proof-of-concept trial of a 10Gbps or ‘hyper-fast’ broadband network.

The pilot uses new fibre technology called XGPON (Tens of Gigabits on a Passive Optical Network) developed by electronics company ZTE in partnership with BT’s access division Openreach.

Cornwall-based engineering firm Arcol UK Ltd is testing the new service and is connected by a direct fibre link from its offices to BT’s exchange in Truro.

Arcol is the first business in the country to take advantage of these record-breaking speeds. To put this into context, Arcol has more bandwidth available than was used at the highest peak for the entire Olympics media network.

The demonstration aims to show how even faster speeds could be provided over Cornwall’s new fibre infrastructure in the future by upgrading the electronics at the exchange and in user premises.

Ranulf Scarbrough, pogramme director for the Cornwall SuperFast Broadband Programme, said: “What’s exciting about this trial is that these hyper-fast speeds have been obtained over the exact same fibre that carries BT’s fibre broadband services today. All we are doing is changing the electronics at either end.”

 “This trial shows we are thinking and ready for the future even though there are no current plans to deploy this technology. A lot of this project is about future proofing – making sure that it’s not just the fastest speeds today but that we can continue to be at the cutting edge for five, ten, twenty years,” he said.

You can watch a video here.