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Openreach and Huawei have reported success with their trial of new Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) technology.

The two organisations worked together to deliver ultrafast connectivity between the University of Suffolk, Ipswich Exchange, and BT’s world renowned R&D centre at Adastral Park.

Speeds of 40Gbps, 10Gbps and 2.5Gbps were delivered simultaneously over a single fibre optic cable.

Openreach and Huawei believe this is an exciting innovation that could "super-charge" broadband speeds for both consumers and businesses in the coming years.

"The most common FTTP technologies in the UK today offer maximum speeds of up to 330Mbps, with a single fibre transmitting 2.5Gbps of capacity, which is then shared between customers," Openreach said.

"But this latest breakthrough shows that much greater capacity of 40Gbps and 10Gbps can be supported along the same fibre, demonstrating how FTTP networks can be future-proofed to stay well ahead of prospective demand for bandwidth."

Openreach noted that the different technologies use separate wavelengths, which means they can all operate on the same fibre network.

This, it said, demonstrates the "latent capability of the network that Openreach has already deployed", as well as how operators can "flex to meet ultrafast speeds in the future".

Clive Selley, Chief Executive of Openreach, added that ultrafast connectivity will be available to up to 12 million UK premises by the end of 2020, with the majority having access by 2025.

However, he stressed it is very important to look "even further into the future" and prepare for increasing data consumption over its network.

"That’s what this trial is all about," Mr Selley commented.

“The trial proves that not only is our FTTP network fit for the future, but with the right equipment in the customer’s home and at the exchange, we can tailor speeds to suit their individual requirements."

This comes after Openreach began trialling Long Reach VDSL to increase fibre broadband speeds over long phone lines.

Initial findings of tests carried out in the remote community of North Tolsta on the Isle of Lewis have been hailed as "encouraging", as most households have seen fibre broadband speeds increase significantly.

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