Bell Labs has shattered the records of previous broadband internet speeds with its researchers recently conducted the data speed 1000 times faster than traditional broadband.
The recent inventory is eight times faster than the previous record, carried over copper landlines. Bell Labs reported to achieve 10 Gigabits per second, 10 times faster than Google Fiber technology, which is currently fastest speed consumers are enjoying.
Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent sub-company, named the technology “XG-FAST”. Unlike the using fiber optics XG-FAST uses copper landline infrastructure and it is a major breakthrough, giving opportunity to broadband companies to transfer high speed on copper network rather using expensive materials.
High speed internet cables providers such as Google Fibers and Verizon FiOS and others use ultra-fast fiber connections directly to homes, but the process is very expensive as well as it often needs to dig up yards of homeowners. If Fiber optics technology is used in majority of American households then the expanses can reach to hundreds of billions or even trillions.
XG-FAST could change the dependency of costly fibers for ultra-high-speed Internet.
Federico Guillén, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s said,
“The Bell Labs speed record is an amazing achievement; Bell Labs is offering the telecommunications industry a new way to ensure no customer is left behind when it comes to ultra-broadband access.”
However, one thing should be kept in mind that your cable provider wouldn’t provide 10 GB/s anytime soon, XG-FAST is expected to available commercially in 2015.
Bell Lab recent inventory was conducted in a lab but in the real world there are ample of elements that can reduce internet speed in copper lines, including thickness, length of cables and speed picked up by other nearby lines. Additionally the technology is yet to be approved by the standards-setting International Telecommunication Union.