Rural broadband creeps closer as R&D pays off
While Europe’s Digital Agenda champion considers the 11 principles needed to unlock investment in fibre networks, there is news about two projects that will reduce the cost of reaching even remote rural broadband subscribers with broadband speeds well above 100Mbps cheaply and quickly.
The European Commission on Wednesday revealed that technology developed in two projects may give every household a connection 10 times faster than the usual ADSL, reaching 1Gbps and 300Mbps in rural and urban scenarios respectively. Moreover, the connection becomes more stable due to a minimized number of data traffic failure points within the fibre.
The technologies developed in the Sardana and Alpha projects are both being incorporated in the new NG-PON2 standard for residential, backhaul, business and SME users, and commercially operational in 2015.
The €4.1m Sardana multiwave fibre to the home technology allows operators to upgrade existing passive fibre links to provide greater speeds and reliability to subscribers. The technology will increase reach above 60km with a greater than 40Gbps aggregate capacity per feeder and low power consumption.
The Alpha project, already tested in France, Sweden and Spain, combines wireless technologies and fibre (single, multimode and plastic) to boost speeds even in remote rural access networks so that each user can get 1Gbps, while providing bandwidth capacity on specific demand.