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Openreach has successfully achieved gigabit speeds in a demonstration of its technology.

The infrastructure body worked with NetComm Wireless to develop the world's first reverse powered Distribution Point Unit (DPU).

In a recent demonstration, broadband speeds of 1.66Gbps were achieved over 40 metres of copper lead-in cable with spectrum frequency of up to 212MHz.

According to Openreach, the technology could be a cost-effective way to improve broadband speed, performance and capacity.

Peter Bell, Director of Network Solutions and Operations at Openreach, commented: "Our aim is to deliver high speeds to as many people, as quickly as possible. 

"We've outlined plans to provide ultrafast speeds to 12 million premises by the end of 2020 and we want to go further.  

"We're working with NetComm Wireless to understand how we can deploy this technology closer to the premises to reach even more customers."

Timo Brouwer, Chief Operating Officer at NetComm Wireless, added that it began developing FTTdp DPUs when it became apparent that an alternative to fibre-to-the-premises was required.

"Openreach is always looking forward, and we are pleased to have demonstrated the latest generation of FTTdp capabilities that will support the broadband demands of the future," he added.

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