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New Internet Speed Record Broken Using Copper Wires

Jul 16, 2014 | News, What's trending

Internet Speed Record

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With the Australian government rolling out the multi-billion dollar NBN network, and ripping up the existing copper wire network in the process, scientists in the United States have broken a new internet speed record on existing copper wires.

Scientists at Bell Labs managed to create an internet connection at speeds of some 10 gigabites per second, smashing the existing internet speed record.

Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), Bell Labs’ parent company, dubbed the new technology “XG-FAST.” The company called it a “major breakthrough,” giving broadband companies the ability to provide fiber-optic-like speeds over the existing copper land line infrastructure.

“The Bell Labs speed record is an amazing achievement,” said Federico Guillén, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s fixed networks business. “Bell Labs is offering the telecommunications industry a new way to ensure no customer is left behind when it comes to ultra-broadband access.”

According to CNNMOney, Bell Labs says that XG-FAST can provide up to 10 gigabits per second over a distance of up to 30 meters. Many homes in Australia are not that close to the major exchanges needed to make such speeds happen.

So for now, NBN is going to be the best solution for high speed, high data internet for Australian homes.

Do you have NBN near your place? You can check at the NBN Co. website.

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