Good news from Sky Broadband, which has
recently installed a 100Gbps DWDM technology in its network, which
is considered to be a first for the UK.
Those wondering what DWDM mysteriously stands
for, it's Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing, in other words it
boosts fibre optic capacity resulting in higher speeds and less
annoying broadband blackouts. In fact, it can theoretically deliver
data at a speed of 7Tbps, which according to Sky's
calculator is 10 times faster than most UK networks.
At the moment the 100Gbps DWDM has been installed between London
and Birmingham after a successful pilot and five more locations are
on Sky's 2012 rollout map.
Jon Blumberg, Commercial Director at Sky
Broadband & Talk, commented on the news:
"With the rapid adoption of services such as Sky Anytime+
and Sky Go, our customers are streaming and downloading more than
ever before, as well as watching record levels of traditional
"Sky Broadband really was built with entertainment in mind
and the network innovations we've announced yesterday will make
sure we're in good shape to continue to satisfy the demands of our
Speaking of data rich content, the ISP underlines that
traffic management is against its policy.
As a quick reminder, most ISPs like to manipulate traffic at
peak hours to ensure that all no customers get the royal treatment
over others who pay equal amounts for their services. This includes
restricting access to certain web activities (or making them
practically unusable) and slowing down speeds considerably.
The upgrade has been executed with minimal damage to the
environment by placing more than 7,000 kilometres of fibre optic
cables into tunnels running along former industrial canal