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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, 

Wombat by JJ Harrison from wikipedia 400Officially, it's not G.fast but they aren't stupid. When they run "fibre to your driveway," they will be within 100 meters of most people. That allows 500-800 megabits of G.fast today and over a gigabit as amendments 2 & 3 are delivered next year. Presumably, the final announcement is waiting for a government plan to deal with the over $10B in cost overruns.

The good news from Australia is that finally construction is catching up, "The nbn network is currently available to almost one in two Australians, is scheduled to be three-quarters built by mid-next year and complete by 2020." (Press release, below.)

nbn is the most politically driven network in the world. Julia Gillard's election as Prime Minister in 2010 was decided by a single voter in Parliament, who attributed his decision to her support of a full fiber nbn. The Conservative government that succeeded Gillard switched much of the network to DSL, hoping to save money. The savings have proven modest; the real cost problem was not the technology choice. 

I can't imagine it will make sense to use anything slower, especially as most of the construction will be 2018 and later. Privately, the people at NBN agree. Much of the FTTC is an outright replacement for a cable network, originally set to upgrade. The network was in such poor shape nbn decided to replace most of it rather than upgrade.

"By the time the rollout is complete in 2020, there will be more than one million homes and businesses."

 Pictured: Australia is the only nation that has to worry about wombats chewing the phone lines. From Wikipedia; A group of wombats is known as a wisdom, a mob, or a colony.

Wombats typically live up to 15 years in the wild, but can live past 20 and even 30 years in captivity. The longest-lived captive wombat lived to 34 years of age. The oldest known living wombat, Patrick from Ballarat Wildlife Park, turned 31 years old in 2016.

nbn rolls out new world-leading broadband technology

Work to build Australia’s first FTTC network begins

nbn has commenced the first stages of building its world-leading Fibre to the Curb (FTTC) access technology, which is set to benefit more than one million homes and businesses across the nation by 2020. 

Designed to bring faster speeds closer to your doorstep, the technology will provide access to services over nbn™ network by delivering fibre straight to the driveway of your home.

The company is the first broadband wholesaler in the world to roll the FTTC technology out on a mass scale and today marked the beginning of a trial in Coburg outside of Melbourne. The trial is designed to evaluate the construction and installation of its deployment ahead of the nationwide build that will commence in the coming months.

nbn is also working with retailer customers to develop a FTTC product, which is scheduled to be available to consumers and businesses by mid-2018. 

nbns Chief Network Engineering Officer, Peter Ryan said:

“Today’s announcement demonstrates that nbn is a world-leader in adopting new and innovative technologies to deliver fast broadband to Australians.

“We will be focusing our efforts in the next few months on ensuring we understand how to scale the FTTC network rollout across the country and also working with our retail customers to trial the product in preparation for its launch next year.

“By the time the rollout is complete in 2020, there will be more than one million homes and businesses across the country who will be able to enjoy the benefits of fast broadband by connecting to the nbn™ network using the FTTC technology through their retailer.

“Our decision to roll this technology out at scale means there is a small number of homes and businesses which will have a revised timeline on when they will be able to connect to the nbn™ network. We encourage all Australians to check their address on our website to get the most up-to-date information, find out what technology we are using to build the network as well as how to get the best experience out of their internet connection.”

The nbn™ network is currently available to almost one in two Australians, is scheduled to be three quarters built by mid-next year and complete by 2020.

Visit our nbn™ blog series to learn more about the FTTC technology and how the nbn™ network is using world-leading technologies to deliver fast broadband to Australians.

Key regions where nbn expects to commence construction to build the FTTC network between June-December 2017:

State

Region

Towns/Suburbs

Number of homes and businesses

NSW

Sydney / Greater Sydney

Burwood, Silverwater, Edensor Park, Hornsby, Miranda, Kensington, Haymarket, Liverpool, Frenchs Forest, Mona Vale, Rockdale, Ryde, Springwood, South Sydney, Orchard Hills Kurrajong

96,100

Riverina

Finley, Howlong, Coolamon, Tocumwal

1,500

Central Tablelands / Central West

Portland, Nyngan

200

Hunter

Nords Wharf

3,100

Mid-North Coast

Bellingen, Crescent Head, Dorrigo, Lake Cathie, South West Rocks Woolgoolga

2,700

Northern Rivers / Northern Tablelands / North West Slopes

Casino, Manilla, Narrabri, Tenterfield, Uralla, Walgett, Walcha, Warialda, Wee Waa, Ballina

5,600

South Tablelands/ South Coast

Braidwood, Bega, Currarong, Moruya, Greenwell Point, Merimbula, Narooma, Tuross Head

8,000

VIC

Melbourne/ Greater Melbourne

Broadmeadows, Campbellfield, Jacana, Meadow Heights, Greenvale, Coolaroo, Junction Ridge, Cranbourne East, Botanic Ridge, Coburg, Coburg North, Pascoe Vale, Deer Park, Burnside, Caroline Springs, Melbourne CBD, Narre Warren North, Ferntree Gully, Dandenong South, Dandenong, Hallam, Mulgrave, Rowville, Epping, Footscray, Lilydale, Laverton, Altona Meadows, Seabrook, Laverton North, Sydenham, Taylors Lake, Hillside, Keilor Lodge, Wyndham Vale, Geelong

89,000

North West / West VIC

Eaglehawk, Epsom, Beaufort, Nhill, St Arnaud, Stawell, Warracknabeal

6,500

North East / South East VIC

Benalla, Corryong, Euroa, Mansfield, Myrtleford, Nagambie, Paynesville, Tatura, Tallangatta, Yea, Yarrawonga

11,600

South West VIC

Ararat, Edenhope, Koroit, Sebastopol

2,100

QLD

Brisbane/ Greater Brisbane  

  Albion, Aspley, Bundamba, Brassall, Charlotte, Ipswich, Rothwell, Salisbury

44,200

Wide Bay/ Northern QLD

Agnes Water, Maryborough, Calliope, Gladstone, Moura

9,600

Sunshine Coast / South Burnett

Beerwah, Landsborough, Woodford

1,400

Darling Downs/ Central Queensland

St George, Boyne Island, Winton

1,300

Southern/ South East QLD

Ashmore, Inglewood, Kooralbyn, Mount Tamborine

2,100

ACT

Greater Canberra

 Deakin

4,600

SA

Adelaide/ Greater Adelaide

Glenunga, Croydon, Elizabeth

22,800

WA

Perth/ Greater Perth

Bayswater, Bedford, Embleton, Inglewood, Banksia Grove, Pearsall

9,000

Notes to editors: 

  • The exact number of premises and the regions covered by the FTTC technology may vary once nbn has finalised its construction planning.
  • The anticipated technology to be deployed in communities may change depending on a number of factors once the construction planning stage has been finalised. Some areas may be serviced by multiple technologies.

About nbn:

  • nbn is building a new and upgraded, fast wholesale broadband network to enable communities across Australia to access fast broadband from their Retail Service Provider. Our goal is to connect eight million homes and businesses by 2020.
  • The rollout of the nbn™ access network sets the scene for the biggest transformation to Australia’s telecommunications industry involving Retail Service Provider network upgrades and the establishment of a network of networks to bring fast broadband to all Australians.
  • Connecting to the nbn™ network is not automatic and is a process which may take some time and preparation. nbn is working with the service providers and industry to help them better understand who is responsible for which portions of their internet experience and what steps they can take in order to receive the best possible service.
  • The speeds experienced on services over the nbn™ network are determined by a range of factors such as the technology used to deliver the network as well as some factors outside our control like equipment quality, software, broadband plans, signal reception and how your service provider designs their network.
  • Fast broadband like that delivered via the nbn™ network can provide a range of benefits for Australians such as opportunities to work from home, access to online education tools and options for on-demand entertainment. 

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G.fast 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 http://bit.ly/2zeZ5oZ
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 G.fast. Soukup told BBWF, "We're going to have a field test in Frankfurt with G.fast 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. G.fast 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. http://bit.ly/2zeZ5oZ

*** The new Telebyte Guide to Testing Gfast follows the Broadband Forum IR-337 Gfast test specification, the same used by the University of New Hampshire (UNH-IOL) for Gfast certification testing. Free download http://bit.ly/telebyte (ad) It is the best technical guide to G.fast  I have seen. Grab it. Dave

1.6 Gig in Sckipio-Calix Test http://bit.ly/Calix16
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. http://bit.ly/Calix16

*** Self-Healing Wi-Fi With ASSIA Real-Q 
Beyond-the-Box visibility and control extends quality-of-experience (QoE) beyond the gateway to the end-user device for every device in the home. Based on ASSIA technology, proven across 80 million subscribers http://bit.ly/2dj7FJk (ad)

Reverse Power 4 Port DSLAM for Australia http://bit.ly/NetcommRP
Australia is connecting 1M homes to G.fast, 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. http://bit.ly/NetcommRP

*** Sckipio's Three advances are taking G.fast to the next level.http://bit.ly/Sckipio (ad)

Australia Makes it Official: G.fast to Million Plus http://bit.ly/GFAussie
No news here. In September, 2015, I reported Australia's nbn Going G.fast. 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. http://bit.ly/GFAussie

2 Bonded 212 Lines = 3 Gigabitshttp://bit.ly/twobonded
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 G.fast 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. http://bit.ly/twobonded

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