Nokia and Openserve get 900Mbps on copper using

Nokia and Openserve have conducted successful trials to “provide higher-speed broadband to more customers sooner”. leverages existing copper infrastructure to supply high-speed broadband to users, and is aimed at multi-dwelling-units.

“Nokia and Openserve have successfully conducted a trial of technology in an office complex in Pinelands, reaching fibre-like speeds over existing copper infrastructure,” said Nokia.

The trial is a dry-run for Openserve’s commercial deployment of later this year, it said.


Results from the trial showed an aggregate bandwidth – upstream and downstream – of 900Mbps on short copper loops.

Speeds of between 500Mbps and 250Mbps were reached on an existing copper line at a distance of 150 metres.

The tests follow an announcement by Telkom in June that it plans to deploy 100Mbps DSL services in South Africa using the technology.

Nokia said will reduce disruptions and lower barriers to entry with home owners in complexes and home-owner associations when it comes to installing high-speed broadband.

Areas that are “cumbersome to reach with fibre” can access the benefits of thanks to fibre only needing to be deployed to a main building, as opposed to individual residences.

Openserve CEO Alphonzo Samuels said is a great alternative in scenarios where the length of the copper tail is 150 metres or less.

Nokia said it is the industry leader in technology, with over 40 customer trials completed and 10 customers commercially deploying around the world.

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