What NBN’s XG-FAST trials mean for Australia’s broadband future - ARN 20 Oct 2016

The company rolling out Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), nbn, has successfully clocked up speeds of 8Gbps over 30 metres of copper cable in an XG-FAST lab trial conducted with technology partner, Nokia.

According to nbn, this data transmission speed works out to be around 900 times faster than the average broadband speed of 8.5Mbps being delivered to Australians in the second the quarter of 2016, according to figures in Akamai’s State of the Internet Report.

The company said its latest trial makes it the third network operator in the global market to run lab trials of XG-FAST technology, following in the footsteps of the UK’s BT last year, and Germany’s Deutch Telekom in February.

The trial with Nokia also helps to bolster the argument behind nbn’s reliance on the country’s existing copper network for the remainder of its network rollout, which is set to be finalised by 2020.

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