South Korea's leading telecoms operator, kt recently unveiled GiGA Wire 2.0, the world’s first 1Gbps transmission over standard 2 pairs of in-building copper wiring in Multi-Dwelling Unit (MDUs) - a scenario typically found in most buildings built before the year 2000. A standard LAN connectivity would require 4 pairs of wires.
The operator demonstrated the technology at its Fusion Technology Center in Umyeon-dong Seoul, in collaboration with some local small and medium enterprises.
The breakthough is made possible with kt's 'GiGA Wire Technology', a new technology that is based on ITU-T Gigabit Home Networking, G.hn standard. The technology improves the modulation between internet exchange points and subscribers, roughly doubling internet speed. It works by enabling crosstalk mitigation and auto pairing on a bundle or 2 pair wire cable connected to multiple users. With the deployment of the GiGA Wire Technology, customers can expect 5 times faster internet speeds, claims kt. It was debuted by kt to customers in 2013 in its effort to boost Internet speeds to 600Mbps.
kt cited that currently 39% of users in a LAN enviroment use ultra-high speed internet and the deployment of GiGA Wire 2.0 will mean that users in older buildings, particularly MDUs can experience ultra-high speed internet without having to pay for the high costs of rewiring for the deployment of Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP).
According to kt, the technology was trialed in Spain and Turkey in February this year and the Operator expects it to continue to contribute to the improvement of telecommunications infrastructure globally.