Bezeq teams up with startup for superfast internet over phone lines

Bezeq teams up with startup for superfast internet over phone lines

Bezeq and Sckipio to test modems enabling 1Gbps speed without installing fiber optic cables at home

Bezeq workers installing fiber optic cables. (Courtesy)
Bezeq workers installing fiber optic cables. (Courtesy)

Israel’s largest telecommunications operator, Bezeq, is hoping to bring its customers internet speeds of 1 gigabit per second over existing phone lines, overcoming the need for the expensive and often complicated deployment of fiber optic cables to the home.

Bezeq and Ramat Gan, Israel-based Sckipio said they have joined forces to test Sckipio’s chips, which it uses to make modems that allow the delivery of broadband access to consumers in their homes using existing telephone wires, without the need for technicians to enter the residence.

Many buildings in Israel are constructed primarily of concrete or stone, making in-home installations of fiber optics, necessary to deliver high internet speeds, difficult. Using Sckipio’s modems, fiber-optic cables are brought as close as possible to the home — usually within 50-100 meters — and then are connected to the resident’s phone wires, doing away with the need to install fiber cables inside the apartments.

The collaboration will include lab and field testing of Sckipio’s modem distribution points and consumer premises equipment, and running services that enable 1Gbps speeds. The Sckipio product can support gigabit speeds to apartment buildings as large as 96 residents sharing a single phone binder, the companies said in a statement on Monday.

Bezeq will also test Sckipio chips that support speeds of up to 2Gbps for short distances.

“As one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, we want to deliver the best broadband access rates at the lowest costs,” said Bezeq ‘s chief technology information officer Yaki Zano in a press release.

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