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Dark Green: 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

Mid Pink: Smaller carriers in Germany, Norway, Finland, Japan

Light Green: Incumbent likely:  France, Germany, Italy

Allows different upstream and downstream for each user. I need faster upstream because we're backing up 10's of Terabytes of Jennie's video footage to Amazon's unlimited cloud. At $55/year, that's a great deal. I've spent two months so far at Time Warner's top speed of 20 megabits, 200 down. I'd much rather have 75/75, but FiOS doesn't come to my building. allows changing the ratio from 90/10 to 10/90. Sckipio demonstrated 750 up. Today, that must be done across the entire binder. DTA will allow individually switching each line. If we had 500 megabits from fiber to my basement, I could have 100 down and 400 up. If my neighbor installed 12 virtual reality headsets for gaming friends, she might prefer 400 down, 100 up. (Wish I had the speed today.)

Ronan Kelly will be showing the new gear at the Summit Thursday morning. He emails me about their plans, "The primary innovation that we are demonstrating at the event will be our (currently 106MHz) over COAX. This novel approach permits service providers with access to COAX cable assets in MDUs to deliver based services over even greater distances than what could be achieved with twisted pair mediums. 
In addition to this, we will be demonstrating a working implementation of DTA (Dynamic Timing Allocation), which permits, when deployed in a cross talk free environment, like on a single isolated twisted pair or on heavily shielded cables like COAX, to dynamically adjust the timing allocation for upstream and downstream transmission, on a real time basis, reacting to subscribers usage. Ultimately this approach brings a symmetric like experience to users, which when implemented in our amendment 3 implementation, will deliver a symmetric like gigabit service on either single pair implementation or on coaxial point to point implementations." 
Kelly sounds like the marketing VP, as he is, but I can confirm the Adtran technology looks very good,

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Deutsche Telecom: 35b Supervectoring Delayed to 2019
Broadcom is now over 3 years late. DT briefed German reporters after their financial call and revealed 35b was now delayed until 2019. 35b should deliver 200+ meg downloads 500-600 meters, a crucial tool for DT, which is losing share to cable. Cable now covers about 70% of Germany and is expanding. DT now only offers 50-100 megabit DSL while cable is often 400 megabits, going to a gigabit. 

The problem is software; the hardware is shipping and supposedly will work. DT says 35b is not ready to turn on. Broadcom in 2015 said 35b was in "production" in the press release below. Alcatel in early 2016 said to expect complete systems very soon. "35g is very similar to 17a so there should be little delay."

Broadcom's problems are leading major telcos and vendors to have a plan B, using Sckipio DT itself is planning extensive deployments in 2019, mostly in apartment buildings.

Gigabit 100 Meters - Unless the Wires are Lousy
Speeds are fine, "Unless there's a line problem." I've been reporting for three years that ~10% of lines have problems. In the chart by Rami Verbin of Sckipio, he finds goes ~130 meters on good lines. Poor lines have about half the reach. 

His chart roughly matches the reports from Swisscom, Belgacom, and England for both & vectored DSL. The 10% with problems can cause the majority of the line-related complaints to support. The angry customers drive up cost.

Rami's solution to reach the gigabit is bonding, supported on the Sckipio chips. Verbin made some additional points:

  • 4 gigabits is possible by bonding two decent 2 gigabit lines.
  • Even in a service from remote cabinets, ~25% are close enough to get a full gigabit."
  • cDTA and iDTA are practical ways to deliver much higher upstream by switching some bandwidth from downstream to upstream only when needed.
  • 35B will probably be similar but Deutsche Telecom doesn't expect to deploy until 2019.

AT&T Wants Coax 2-5 Gigabit Very Soon.
AT&T faces intense competition from cable, talking about 10 gigabits in both directions. (Cable will only be 1 gig down, ~100 meg up, until ~2021.) AT&T wants something to brag about as well.

AT&T gained millions of lines of coax as part of the DirecTV deal. Alcatel and Huawei are leading the development of G.mgfast. That uses 424 MHz, full duplex, to achieve ~2.5 gigabits in both directions. The reach on telco twisted pair is only about 30 meters. On coax, those speeds can probably extend far enough to service most apartment buildings. Using 848 MHz, speeds can reach 5 gigabits. The ITU standards group has been aiming for 2019-2020 for G.mgfast, too slow for AT&T's marketers. David Titus wants a high-speed standard for coax "early in 2018." He believes that is "doable."

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