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BT and Huawei blast 3Tbps down fibre optic broadband link

BT has announced a successful test of 3Tbps speeds over an existing fibre optic link, Recombu Digital can report.

To give you an idea of how fast this is in real terms, BT says that 3Tbps would let you download 100 high-definition movies in a second. Yes, 100.

The test transmission was conducted over an existing BT fibre link, a 359km link between the BT Tower in London and BT’s Adastral Park research centre in Ipswich, Suffolk. 

BT says the trial was undertaken to test the limits of its current core network to assess its suitability for the future. 

Dr. Tim Whitley, BT’s managing director of research and innovation, said that this is the tip of the iceberg, estimating that speeds of up to 1.5 petabits a second could be possible on BT’s core network.

“This gives me confidence that as customers find cleverer and more bandwidth intensive things to do that makes me confident that BT can meet future demand” Whitley said.

President of Huawei‘s fixed network business Zha Jun added: “We are living in a datalled world where the need to transmit data at ever increasing speeds is vital. This is a challenge we have worked with BT to address and the trial is part of that.

“One of the strengths of our ten year partnership with BT is our collaboration in developing and implementing technical solutions that more efficiently use BT’s existing infrastructure and today’s announcement exemplifies our commitment to innovation.”