Nokia Siemens reveals super-fast broadband over copper wires
The company has reported achieving download speeds of 825Mb/s over a distance of 400 metres using its Phantom digital subscriber line (DSL) technology, which creates a virtual channel to supplement the two physical wires of the standard configuration.
Over 500 metres, the speed of the connection dropped to 700Mb/s.
Eduard Scheiterer, head of the broadband access business line at Nokia Siemens Networks, said fibre optic cables remain the "definite solution for long-term bandwidth requirements".
However, he also suggested that the use of copper cables is not yet dead.
"The innovative use of technologies such as phantom circuits helps operators provide an efficient last mile connectivity with existing copper wires," Mr Scheiterer commented.
Nokia has said that its new solution can achieve a bandwidth increase of between 50 and 75 per cent over existing copper lines.
Research published by the Fibre to the Home Council Europe earlier this week revealed that the number of European broadband subscribers with 'fibre to the home' (FTTH) broadband connections has increased by 22 per cent over the past six months.