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The Shape of Networks to Come

Sunday, 03/09/2014

At a time when the world looks on in trepidation as the Chinese and North Koreans test their missiles, many of us have failed to notice testing on a similar scale of life-changing consequences much closer to home. Rather than a Pacific atoll or remote desert location, the testing ground is suburban London and the world power is BT.

Working in partnership with Alcatel Lucent, BT last month tested a super-channel across an existing BT fibre-optic network resulting in a record-breaking 1.4 Terabits per second.

The trial made use of an existing 410km fibre link between the BT Tower and BT's Adastral Park in Ipswich, featuring seven 200Gbps channels transmitted via Alcatel-Lucent’s 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS). 

The successful test demonstrates that in future ISPs could deliver a greater amount of information through existing broadband infrastructure, obviating the need for upgrades. BT offers no conclusive views on future deployment or the benefits to be derived but logic suggests that prices to the end user should fall. Genius resellers watch this space.

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