|Scooped by Philippe J DEWOST|
Nokia has achieved a connection speed of 5Gbps—about 625MB/sec—over 70 metres of conventional twisted-pair copper telephone wire, and 8Gbps over 30 metres. The trial used a relatively new digital subscriber line (DSL) protocol called XG.fast (aka G.fast2).XG.fast is the probable successor of G.fast, which was successfully trialled in a few countries over the past couple of years and will soon begin to commercially roll out. (In an unusual turn of events, the UK will probably be the first country with G.fast.)Fundamentally, both G.fast and XG.fast are best described as "VDSL on steroids." Basically, while a VDSL2 signal frequency maxes out around 17MHz, G.fast starts at 106MHz (it can be doubled to 212MHz) and XG.fast uses between 350MHz and 500MHz. This means that there's a lot more bandwidth (the original meaning of the word), which in turn can be used for transferring data at higher speeds.
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:
As popular wisdom says though, "your mileage may vary" ... Fast broadband to the home is also pushing the bottleneck to WiFi routers and boxes. Yet this is still an achievement for the old copper wire !