Trials have begun in eight high rise Melbourne buildings of fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) technology that runs fibre optic cable to the basement, then uses existing copper telephone wires to connect individual apartments and offices.

The company building the network, NBN Co, has signed up service providers Telstra, Optus, iiNet and M2 for the three month trial. NBN Co chief technology officer Gary McLaren said the trial would evaluate the construction, performance and customer experience of FTTB. “A lot of it is the operational interworking…