Jörn Krieger ©RapidTVNews | 06-09-2011

Austria's largest cable operator UPC Austria has reached an internet data rate of 1.3 Gbit/s as part of a technical trial.

The subsidiary of US media company Liberty Global used an HFC network based on fiber-optic and conventional coaxial cable for the test.

A speed like this enables, for example, the download of an HD movie in less than 2 minutes or of more than 100 MP3 songs in less than 5 seconds.

With the trial, which was conducted in collaboration with technology provider Arris, UPC wanted to demonstrate the capabilities of its "fiber power" cable network. The company currently offers data rates of up to 100 Mbit/s commercially.

"This test shows that our fiber-optic coaxial structure is ready to achieve speeds of more than 1 Gbit/s," Thomas Hintze, CEO of UPC Austria, said in Vienna. "We look forward to introduce advanced products like this in the market along with our chip technology partners and system providers in future."