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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  Country by country details. 

Sckipio-24-ports

Supporting 30A should win Japanese & Korean market. The biggest problem for most telcos deploying DSL is that until now, no one made a DPU with more than 16 ports. HFR of Korea has the first 24 port DPU and a giant customer ready to go. $15B SK Telecom is Korea's largest wireless carrier and #2 in fixed. There are 9M apartments in Korea served with VDSL and copper LAN, most running at 100 megabits.

Korea Telecom is actively deploying GIGA Wire, their version of G.hn, for higher speeds. They intend to upgrade 95% of those units by the end of 2017. SK needs to respond quickly. Japan is similar; millions of their "fiber" lines are fiber to the basement + VDSL. Korea and Japan used an advanced version of VDSL, using 30 MHz rather than the 17 MHz common elsewhere. Ikanos, now gone, had long been the preferred vendor. Sckipio is first with G.fast chips designed to work with VDSL 30a. 

Curtis Frankenfeld of Century recently told me, "I would like G.fast to support a larger vectoring group than the current 16 ports." 

For now, Century is only using G.fast in smaller buildings. They want to avoid the binder management challenges in bigger buildings. Many buildings have far more than 16 apartments, with wires in the same bundle.

To get high speeds, all the wires in the bundle have to be "vectored" to reduce noise. At G.fast speeds of 500 megabits and more, that's been a challenge. Some vendors promise to reach 48 or 96 ports with an external vectoring unit. It doesn't look like they will be available in Q4, the original roadmap.

HFR and Sckipio Announce World’s First 24-Port G.fast DPU

Solution targets South Korea, Japan and other Asian markets

Ramat Gan, Israel – October 11, 2016 – Sckipio Technologies and South Korean network infrastructure equipment maker HFR, Inc. announce the world’s first G.fast distribution point unit (DPU) that supports up to 24 subscribers in a single DPU. HFR’s solution leverages Sckipio’s award-winning G.fast technology and internal distributed vectoring capability to deliver the highest performance available on the market today.

“G.fast is a global technology, and Sckipio is surely the market leader,” said a spokesperson from HFR. “Together we are developing solutions that will transform the South Korean, Japanese and other large Asian markets by upgrading the old VDSL2 infrastructure to ultrafast broadband using G.fast.”

The HFR solution is optimized to deliver up to 500Mbps per subscriber while co-existing with 30a profile VDSL customers and utilizes Sckipio’s chipsets to achieve unsurpassed G.fast port density.

In June 2016, SK Broadband President Yin-Chan Lee publicly announced the intention to provide gigabit Ethernet speeds of up to 500Mbps with two strands (one pair) of existing copper telephone lines in old apartments via G.fast. This was in response to the certification of G.fast by the national technical standard established by the RRA, the South Korean National Radio Research Agency.

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With over 100 deployments, momentum is growing. Telkom South Africa joined in, while Century & nbn Australia are going large. Sckipio and the other chipmakers are working on the next generation chips, easily over a gigabit 100 meters.

BT and Swisscom have 48 port vectoring units working in the labs. ttp://bit.ly/48portsg
Australia's nbn has begun building 1M ports of FTTC. http://bit.ly/nbnFTTC
Calix: We Can Produce Miracles (Sometimes) http://bit.ly/Calixmir With the right cable in place
Nokia-Frontier Announcement Claims 30M Vectored Lines Shipped http://bit.ly/30mvector Far more than are operational
Metanoia Surprises With G.fast Interoperability http://bit.ly/metanoiag Great to have another chipmaker
60+ Previously Unknown G.fast Deployments http://bit.ly/Gfast60 As Calix approached 100 customers
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