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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, 

Gfast next stepsThree days with some of the best in the world of 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 Summit 2017. 4th Edition

While the first generation systems become more and more mature and move towards field deployments, it is time to think of the next steps in development. 

Operators explore the business case for extending 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 profitably, sustainably and non-disruptively.

The Summit has followed this technology since its beginning and will provide, through its fourth edition an overview of the market, in terms of deployments, experimentations, standardization process and equipment providers offering.

As is the case every year, the most renowned experts will discuss and debate the hottest topics during the Summit, to be held in Paris CDG, from 9 to 11 May, 2017.

Abstracts must be submitted by email at: 

Deadline for turning in abstracts: November 15th, 2016. 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 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 

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, architecture and steps forward. The Conference ended with more open subjects like WiFi Management and Hybrid Access. Using their Cable Farm Automation Switch, Noise Generator and Analyzer, Telebyte have showed modem data rates at various loop lengths.

The Scientific Committee

Thomas Starr

Frank Van Der Putten

Hubert Mariotte

Bernard Dugerdil

Michael Timmers

Dave Burstein

Rob van den Brink

Rami Verbin

Dong Wei

Rudi Frenzel

Debu Pal

Uwe Schmidtke


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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