Three days with some of the best in the world of G.fast. In 2017, they will share the experience of hundreds of thousands of lines deployed. The atmosphere is informal but the technical level very high. The venue is a pleasant conference center near CDG. The event was large enough to include virtually all the companies in the industry but small enough for everyone to be heard. I chaired and also did a three hour, first-day seminar to bring newbies up to speed.
Speakers aren't announced yet but have included John Cioffi, the leaders of deployments at BT (ten million!), Swisscom, Belgacom/Proximus, CTOs of the major vendors, and many of the men who defined the standard. Remi Scanvenius of Upperside invites those recommended by an expert panel. Knowledgeable speakers are welcome whether or not their companies buy sponsorships. Marketing VP's giving sales pitches are not wanted; top engineers very welcome.
Paris. May 9-11. See you there.
The expert panel for the show includes Thomas Starr of the Broadband Forum, and AT&T; Frank Van Der Putten of ITU-T; Hubert Mariotte of Orange; Bernard Dugerdil of Freescale; Michael Timmers of Nokia; Rob van den Brink of TNO; Rami Verbin of SCKIPIO; Dong Wei of HUAWEI; Rudi Frenzel LANTIQ; Debu Pal; and Uwe Schmidtke of Adtran.
Time to think of the next steps
G.fast Summit 2017. 4th Edition
While the first generation G.fast systems become more and more mature and move towards field deployments, it is time to think of the next steps in G.fast development.
Operators explore the business case for extending G.fast distance and integration to the FTTCabinet. Their target is to exploit existing copper infrastructure to overlay the desired ultra broadband services, but in the most scalable and manageable way possible. Minimising risk, expenditure and time-to-revenue is the name of the game, but keeping existing assets and processes only gets you half of the way.
Current simulations project an improvement of 150-200 megabits at loops under 100 meters, typical in apartment buildings. At 300-350 meters, the newer units may raise speeds 20-40 megabits. One of the biggest challenges is to develop an open, programmable and scalable architecture based on SDN, and open interfaces and deployment models, in order to deliver the optimum conditions for getting to G.fast profitably, sustainably and non-disruptively.
The G.fast Summit has followed this technology since its beginning and will provide, through its fourth edition an overview of the G.fast market, in terms of deployments, experimentations, standardization process and equipment providers offering.
As is the case every year, the most renowned G.fast experts will discuss and debate the hottest topics during the Summit, to be held in Paris CDG, from 9 to 11 May, 2017.
G.fast Summit 2016: A successful Edition
Year after year, the Summit has followed the development of one of the most promising broadband access technologies and attendance has grown up by 15%.
Participants, came in the majority from Western Europe followed by USA/Canada and ME then Asia and EE.
We have had a mix of Directors, VP, Head of/Managers, Engineers, Architects coming from Operators, ISP and Integrators, Enterprise, Equipment Vendors, Software Solution Providers.
The 2016 Edition, has confirmed that G.fast has now entered the deployment phase, in particular thanks to BT’s staff presentation during the opening of the Conference. Peter Bell, Director of Network Portfolio and Trevor Linney, Head of Access Network Research indeed described in depth their technical developments and learnings from trials. They demonstrated that time has come now to deploy G.fast.
Attendees participated in this technical event, under the governance of Dave Burstein, Editor of G.FAST NEWS and Hubert Mariotte, xDSL Technology Expert at Orange.
During the 3 days Summit, we have heard about the latest news in this market. Sessions addressed the most crucial operational challenges, latest test Labs Reports, G.fast architecture and steps forward. The Conference ended with more open subjects like WiFi Management and Hybrid Access. Using their G.fast Cable Farm Automation Switch, Noise Generator and Analyzer, Telebyte have showed G.fast modem data rates at various loop lengths.
The Scientific Committee
Frank Van Der Putten
FAST NET NEWS
Rob van den Brink