NBN Co achieves 105Mbps download speeds in FTTN technology tests

16 Apr 2014

NBN Co, the company overseeing Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) project, has announced that the first in-premises test of fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) technology has delivered raw download speeds of 105Mbps and upload speeds of 45 Mbps. With the trial having been conducted in Unima, near Woy Woy, on the New South Wales (NSW) Central Coast, NBN Co engineers installed a VDSL modem in a local shop and then connected the existing copper telephone line to a node cabinet in the street.

NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow said of the trial’s outcome: ‘This is an important milestone in the rollout of the NBN … It demonstrates that existing technologies such as the copper network are capable of playing a vital role in delivering high speed broadband to Australians.’

Meanwhile, the company claimed that the results of the technology trial bolstered the findings of a Strategic Review it conducted, published in December 2013, in which it determined that the NBN could be delivered sooner and more cost-effectively by incorporating existing capable telecommunications networks with an upgrade path – such as copper and hybrid fibre coaxial cable (HFC) – into the rollout.

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