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NBN And Nokia Trial XG-FAST

Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) said that it is trialling XG-FAST technology with Nokia aiming to reach aggregate speeds of between 5Gbps and 8Gbps.

The XG-FAST technology could be used across network technologies utilising copper for the last mile, including NBN’s fibre-to-the-node (FttN), fibre-to-the-basement (FttB), and fibre-to-the-distribution-point (FttDP) networks.

“We’re constantly looking at new things that we can deploy that will give either a lower cost, faster time to get everybody connected, or better speeds,” said NBN CEO Bill Morrow.

NBN is the third operator in the world to test XG-FAST in lab trials, following BT in the United Kingdom and Deutsche Telekom in Germany. BT attained speeds of 5.8Gbps over 35m of copper, while Deutsche Telekom saw 8Gbps speeds over 50m of copper.

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