nbn will add next-generation broadband technology (G.fast) to its multi-technology toolkit in 2018 to improve speeds over copper lines on the NBN.

Bringing G.fast technology into its Multi Technology Model (MTM) will allow nbn to enable even faster speeds to end users on its Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB) and Fibre-to-the-Curb (FTTC) access networks.

G.fast is expected to take broadband speeds past the current 100Mbps levels delivered by VDSL technology to deliver speeds of up to 1Gbps over copper lines by using higher frequencies of either 106MHz or 212MHz – compared to just 17MHz on VDSL.

nbn trialled G.fast technology in October 2015, achieving speeds of 600Mbps on a 20 year-old stretch of 100m copper cabling, and will conduct further testing before tits launch in 2018. 

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