I don’t know whether it’s because I’m getting old but the pace of life seems so frenetic these days. Today I read about a 700Mbps DSL prototype showcased in Hong Kong by Chinese networking vendor Huawei.
Huawei’s SuperMIMO technology uses four twisted pairs to achieve a downstream rate of 700Mbps at a distance of 400 metres. This means it would likely fit into a Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC broadband) scenario. In the UK of course we are just rolling out “up to 40Mbps” FTTC and trialing 100Mbps Fibre to the Premises (FTTP).
FTTP will hit the streets (ducts/poles) next year in the UK. Common sense however still tells me that rather than even think of a 700Mbps replacement for the current FTTC service we would be better off overall going for FTTP which would be more future proof. Although not yet practical for home use, if for nothing other than the cost of the equipment, Fibre Ethernet technology is already at 100Gbps and over greater distances than 400m.
Of course the doubters amongst you will be saying that we will never need 100Gbps to the home. I’m sure that teleporting will need at least that kind of data rate – beam me up Scotty (to the asylum please).
PS I bet we will all have 100Gbps Ethernet to the home in 20 years time – any takers?