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Gfast map July 2017

Dark blue: Firm commitments from incumbent: BT (10M), Belgacom, Australian NBN, Swisscom,  Austria, Bezeq Israel, Chunghwa Taiwan, Telus Canada, Telekom South Africa, SK Korea, (U.S.) AT&T, Century, Frontier, Windstream, Belgium, Omantel

Light blue: Smaller carriers in Germany, Norway, Finland, Japan

Green: Incumbent likely:  France, Germany, & Poland  

3 Horse race100 meter G.fast doesn't go far enough or serve larger buildings. Perhaps the telcos want something with more reach than G.fast (100 meters, ~500 megabit,) and more speed than DSL Vectoring (~100 megabit, 800 meters.) Chipmaker Lantiq was the first to announce 200+ meg products,

Lantiq tweaked existing high end VDSL2 chip - and the pr. VDSL2 30 MHz profile 30a is generally described as 100 meg down, 100 meg up. Combine the two for your press release and you're at "200 megabits." Tweak a few parameters and you can claim "300 Mbps VDSL Right Now." Lantiq did that. Besides one-upmanship, it provides a way to telcos to advertise "300 megabits" to counter cable promises of 200, 400 and even a gigabit. Aethra, working with Lantiq, has delivered units to Orange Poland.  I believe Broadcom is doing similar. < Kabel Deutschland CTO Lorenz Glatz two years ago explained his company strategy. "Whatever speed Deutsche Telekom, we'll offer twice the speed at the same price." Euro-DOCSIS 3 easily goes to 400 shared and delivers > 200 meg 95+% of the time. In 12-24 months, DOCSIS 3.1 will take that to a gigabit. Deutsche Telekom, building a 50-100 megabit VDSL network, fears they'll be left behind. Vendors are listening and hence promising a new class, Midi-DSL, mid-range bet G.fast and G.vector, promising higher speeds. Alcatel, Huawei and Adtran have all announced products. For now, Midi-DSL is slideware.

 No one has shown equipment publicly although Huawei claims tests in customer labs.

    Midi-DSL isn't limited to 16 connections. 100 or more homes can be served. It may be years before G.fast can do more than 16 homes. There are problems with space, heat and design. Midi-DSL is planned for cabinets which have more room for heat sinks and boards. 

   Much of the improved speed is hype: DSL has always been discussed based on download speed (6 meg for ADSL1, 24 meg for ADSL2 ...) The Midi-DSL folks add the upstream speed to get more impressive numbers. Since some of the upstream capacity in G.fast can be switched to downstream giving the combined figure isn't totally deceptive. But it's darn confusing. I'll keep reporting downstream & upstream numbers for now.

    Higher speeds require using more spectrum, becoming more efficient, or reducing interference. G,vector is standardized to 30 MHz but most deployments only use the lower 17. I have separate articles on Lantiq, Adtran, aethra, Alcatel and Huawei with more details.

 

 

The Site for gfast 230
 

G.fast News
A remarkable 400 people attended the very strong Broadband Forum BASE events in Berlin and Las Vegas. Trevor confirmed BT would pass the million this year. Cioffi projected “Waveguide DSL” could carry 10 gigabits a kilometer as well as a terabit 100 meters. Werner sees a 4X improvement in upstream with cDTA. Much more in next issue.

Deutsche Wants a Gigabit, Finally Realizes 50 Meg Isn't Enough http://bit.ly/2zeZ5oZ
Deutsche Telekom is finally realizing that 50 megabit DSL won't make it against gigabit cable. VP Franz Seiser is blunt. "We must change radically, become disruptive and, above all, throw away things," he proclaims at BBWF. After years of DT insisting 50 megabits is plenty, we now hear "it is about Gigabit products" from DT's Robert Soukup.  
    A lucky building in Frankfurt will receive 500+ megabit service as ultra-conservative Deutsche Telekom experiments with G.fast. Soukup told BBWF, "We're going to have a field test in Frankfurt with G.fast and Fiber To The Building (FTTB.) We will know by the end of the year if this is the right way to go." Hint to Soukup: Yes it is. G.fast is working well at a dozen telcos I;ve talked to.
     The details are surprising. DT is going for CORD, Open Source, Calix, and Radisys. http://bit.ly/2zeZ5oZ

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1.6 Gig in Sckipio-Calix Test http://bit.ly/Calix16
A telco tells me they are getting impressive early results from the Calix 48 port DSLAM with the new Sckipio 212 MHz chips. There still is work to do but this is encouraging. 
    Carriers want DSLAMs with more than 16 ports to reduce the deployment costs from the basement or larger field cabinets. Speed matters to the marketing side of the company; AT&T's CEO believes he must offer a true gigabit to match cable. (They've been getting ~750 megabits with first generation chips. http://bit.ly/Calix16

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Reverse Power 4 Port DSLAM for Australia http://bit.ly/NetcommRP
Australia is connecting 1M homes to G.fast, some with a Netcomm distribution point mini-DSLAM. It's a small unit designed for pole or pit mounting. It's waterproof, pressure proof, and temperature resistant. Their matching home modem is bittorrent friendly, with two USB ports for a hard drive dedicated to sharing.
     A reverse power unit at the customer, the NDD-0100-01, can save the cost of bringing power to the DSLAM. They don't expect many orders until the second half of 2018, as nbn is waiting for the second generation chips. Netcomm demonstrated RP with BT Openreach in August. http://bit.ly/NetcommRP

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Australia Makes it Official: G.fast to Million Plus http://bit.ly/GFAussie
No news here. In September, 2015, I reported Australia's nbn Going G.fast. This June. I reported the million home fiber to the curb (kerb?) was beginning. Unfortunately, they are no closer to figuring out where to find the needed $10B to $20B to cover the cost overruns. Instead, the parties are battling in Parliament about who is to blame. http://bit.ly/GFAussie

2 Bonded 212 Lines = 3 Gigabitshttp://bit.ly/twobonded
Sckipio at BBWF is demonstrating 3 gigabits down, nearly a gigabit up, over two phone lines, bonded. Twice the bandwidth (212 MHz instead of 106 MHz) times two lines is fast. Sckipio does great demos; at CES, they showed G.fast first generation chips delivering almost 1 gig upstream.
    “Sckipio is pushing Gfast to astonishing speeds with production silicon,” CEO David Baum proclaims. Calix is using the SCK23000 chipset in their 48 port gig+ DSLAM at the show. http://bit.ly/twobonded

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