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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 Green: Smaller carriers in Germany, Norway, Finland, Japan

Light Green: Incumbent likely:  France, Germany, 

Technicolor-modem-320For less than $10 more than the VDSL-only version, Technicolor is selling a unit ready for when the company deploys. (Broadcom's chip also does VDSL.) Broadcom wants to seed the market and is presumably offering a very attractive price for the first generation chips. Less than $10 is a small price to pay for an easy future upgrade.

Karel Adriaensen wouldn't even give me a hint of which telco may be the world's largest buyer of modems. The telco intends to use the modems for one day, but they are serving as 35b vectored VDSL modems for now. Adriaensen says is now ready for large-scale commercial deployment. "Standardization is complete, chipsets are available, operators are evaluating it and the first sizeable commercial deployments are expected to start in 2017 ... Several hundred thousand of those gateways will be deployed around that operator's country, but will not be enabled until later in 2017."

Technicolor was Thomson/RCA before a reorganization in 2010. Thomson had purchased Technicolor, a leading Hollywood lab, and decided that was a more attractive name. The modem division goes back to Alcatel Micro, which was the DSL leader at the turn of the century. ADSL/VDSL hybrids took years to deliver the promised performance; I have no data this time. 

Cable is going to a gigabit - Comcast, Cox, and Rogers in Canada are promising to deploy to over 50M homes. Liberty Global, the big European, is only at 300 meg at Virgin U.K., but I'm sure Balan Nair intends to upgrade that to a gig soon. Meanwhile, Comcast expects 100's of megabits upstream in 2017.

Germany and anyone else with cable competition are likely in trouble if they don't get to at least a few hundred megabits soon.

From the company:

Features at a Glance „

Integrated VDSL2 modem (up to VDSL2 profile 35b) and G.Fast modem „ 1 GE WAN port „ AutoWAN sensing™ „ 4 GE LAN ports „ Dual-band concurrent Wi-Fi interfaces IEEE 802.11n 2.4 GHz (3x3) IEEE 802.11ac 5 GHz (4x4) „ 2 FXS ports for phone or fax „ 1 superspeed USB 3.0 master port „ Seamless media sharing (UPnP A/V™ and DLNA®) „ Future-proof full service platform „ Enabled to support Wi-Fi Doctor® (sold separately) and Wi-Fi Conductor (sold separately) „ Extensive remote management „ Non-service-affecting platform software upgrades (dual bank memory) „ IPv4 & IPv6 enabled „ Designed according to the latest ECO standards

From Wikipedia, the interesting history of the company.

Technicolor began as Thomson, named after the electrical engineer Elihu Thomson, who was born in Manchester, England, on March 26, 1853. Thomson moved to Philadelphia, USA, at the age of 5, with his family. Thomson formed the Thomson-Houston Electric Company in 1879 with Edwin Houston. The company merged with the Edison General Electric Company to become the General Electric Company in 1892. In 1893, the Compagnie Française Thomson-Houston (CFTH) was formed in Paris, a sister company to GE in the United States. It was from this company, that the modern Thomson Group would evolve. ... On June 20, 2012, Vector Capital won a competitive bid for a minority stake in Technicolor, beating JP Morgan with a surprise, last-minute bid.On July 23 of the same year, Cisco Systems announced the sale of its television set-top box and cable modem business to Technicolor for $600 million—part of a division originally formed by Cisco's $6.9 billion purchase of Scientific Atlanta.

The Site for gfast 230 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
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 Soukup told BBWF, "We're going to have a field test in Frankfurt with 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. 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.

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1.6 Gig in Sckipio-Calix Test
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.

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Reverse Power 4 Port DSLAM for Australia
Australia is connecting 1M homes to, 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.

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Australia Makes it Official: to Million Plus
No news here. In September, 2015, I reported Australia's nbn Going 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.

2 Bonded 212 Lines = 3 Gigabits
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 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.

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