Nokia, SK Broadband Testing 52Gbps Speeds in S. Korea

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With Google Fiber's 1 gigabit per second Internet connection, users can simultaneously stream five HD videos and surf the net or download an entire 14GB digital movie in less than two minutes. Now imagine what you could do with 52Gbps.

Nokia and SK Broadband have partnered to provide "the fastest fiber access speeds ever" to a handful of buildings in Seoul, South Korea, reaching aggregate speeds of 52.5Gbps.

"As a new era looms that demands gigabit Internet, ultra high-definition video, and virtual and augmented reality services, SK Broadband will establish a network infrastructure that provides the best customer value," Yoo Ji-chang, head of SKB's network division, said in a statement.

Ten years ago, the Korean telecom became the first to commercialize 2.5Gbps GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) technology; by 2014 it launched 10Gbps Internet service.

Nokia's PON solution launched last year and leverages existing fiber infrastructure, so SKB can reuse its current network and access platform to boost speeds to mind-boggling levels.

Not everyone will be surfing at 52.5Gbps. But SKB aims to offer speeds of 10Gbps to its customers, helping to meet the connected country's goal to make gigabit broadband available to all citizens by 2020.

"All eyes in the world are focused on South Korea as it moves ahead with rolling out ever-faster broadband networks," said Federico Guillen, president of Nokia's Fixed Networks Group. "Nokia's innovation edge and our portfolio of next-generation fiber technologies help customers like SK Broadband realize the true gigabit societies of the future."

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