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Openreach has demonstrated its brand new hyperfast broadband service, which can achieve speeds of 100Gbps.

The infrastructure provider has worked with Huawei to develop the system, which uses a standard residential Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) connection with advanced transmission technology.

This can boost the broadband signal with enough capacity to stream 4,000 movies in ultra HD quality at the same time.

Following Openreach's demonstration of the technology at BT's R&D centre at Adastral Park this week, the organisation said it could "super-charge" speeds for homes and businesses in the future.

Clive Selley, Chief Executive of Openreach, commented: "Superfast speeds are now available to nine out of ten homes and businesses and we're still taking fibre further.

"We're also excited to be bringing the country ultrafast speeds, which we’ll make available to up to 12 million UK premises by the end of 2020.

"But it’s also vital that we continue looking even further into the future, and this trial is all about preparing for increased data consumption over our network."

Mr Selley said the trial shows that its FTTP network is "fit for the future", and that with the right equipment at exchanges and in homes, speeds can be tailored to suit people's individual needs.

Mark Lam, Chief Information Officer at Openreach, added that because the demonstrations involved standard infrastructure, it was able to show "exactly how we'd transmit data to a customer's premises".

"It’s so fast that it’s actually very hard to transmit anything over it that can properly illustrate the capacity," he said.

"It would pump more bandwidth into your home than the TV broadcasters use to transmit their raw footage from a football match."

Mr Lam pointed out that bandwidth requirements are increasing at a rate of about 40 per cent a year, due to the growth in ultra-high definition video services.

Furthermore, he said Openreach needs to be ready for the arrival of 5G mobile networks, which are set to be launched across Europe in the next few years and will depend on fibre networks.

"By 2020, it is predicted that smartphone traffic will exceed PC traffic," Mr Lam stated.

"This latest development is showing where fibre broadband technology is headed and clearly demonstrates there’s more than enough capacity for it to have a secure future."

 

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