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Ten gigabit home broadband tested in UK

From BBC - February 13, 2018

Broadband speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) have been tested in a home in the former Olympic village in east London.

Broadband operator Hyperoptic conducted the test, claiming it is the first time such speeds have been brought to a UK home using an existing ISP network rather than a dedicated line.

Firms are now looking to roll out full-fibre technology in the UK.

Ofcom boss Sharon White said higher speeds were becoming more necessary.

"The amount of internet data used by people in the UK is growing by around half every year. So we will increasingly need full-fibre broadband services like this to provide faster, more reliable connections and capacity to our homes and offices.

"We are seeing real momentum behind full-fibre, with bigger and bolder commitments from companies of all sizes to build broadband that can support the UK's digital future."

Customer demand

Dana Tobak, chief executive of Hyperoptic, said the test was about proof-of-concept : "We have carried out this trial to push the limits in terms of what's possible for residential broadband.

"It was not long ago that people asked if 100Mbps connections are necessary. However, as we have seen with the advent of 4K media services, gaming and a dramatic proliferation of multiple connected devices in the home, it has fast become the minimum many consumers demand."

Hyperoptic provides a full-fibre network in 30 cities across the UK, and is available to 400,000 homes.

The firm said it would roll out 10Gbps services if there was "customer demand", suggesting this is likely to start with businesses and pointing out that there are currently very few computers on the market capable of coping with such speeds.

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