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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, 


Muscat's Internet be better than Verizon in Manhattan. Omantel began deploying fiber in 2015. Like Chunghwa and Net Cologne, they are now terminating that fiber in the basement and using the existing copper wires for Speeds today will be 500-800 megabits. Soon, perhaps next years, the 212 MHz chips will become available and offer something like 1.4 gigabits.
80% of Omanis are urban, many living in apartment buildings that are natural for The population is generally young and well-educated, with a majority going to college. 75% of the population use the Internet.

I don't have data for Oman, but neighboring Saudi Arabia "has the highest penetration of Twitter users in the world, and their per-capita consumption of YouTube is the highest in the world." 56% in the UAE have active social media accounts. The demand is there.

The company is under pressure to improve services. A third mobile operator will soon join Omantel and Ooredoo, increasing competition. The regulator is also pressing for a better Internet, as Oman builds an economy less dependent on dwindling oil revenues.

The press release contains the interesting tidbit, " sites can also serve up to 96 lines." Until recently,  Huawei's maximum was 16 ports. BT & Swisscom told me in Paris they have working 48 and 96 port units in the labs. I guessed they were Huawei despite no official confirmation.

Verizon can't deliver more than 3 megabit DSL to me, as they welched on their "All New York by 2014 fiber" promise.

 Photos by Jhong Dizon & Aravind Sivaraj

Huawei and Omantel to Deploy Middle East’s First


Omantel, the first and leading integrated telecommunications services provider in Oman, has abundant copper resources in its existing network. To meet growing subscriber demand for digital home services and high-definition video Omantel aims to reconstruct its live networks to achieve broadband acceleration. By 2020, the company plans to cover 90% of home subscribers in Muscat, Oman’s capital. In high-value areas it plans to provide 200 Mb/s to 1 Gb/s for high density buildings to provide users with higher bandwidth and an enhanced experience. Omantel is targeting a solution that provides faster access, faster deployment, and yields a faster return on investment.

Huawei proposed the E2E solution that employs optical line terminal (OLT), distributed point unit (DPU), and customer-premises equipment (CPE) to help Omantel meet its goals. Field tests show can achieve 800 Mb/s and 400 Mb/s at loops of 100m and 300m, respectively. This reflects much greater performance than ADSL2+ and VDSL2. Omantel will deploy in the basements of tall buildings, where the existing copper infrastructure, such as telephone lines, will be reused to deliver ultra-broadband access. This avoids the need for construction inside houses, which may involve drilling holes and open wiring, thus simplifying delivery, saving on cost, and reducing customer complaints. Large-capacity sites can also serve up to 96 lines, which significantly reduces per-subscriber cost.

In addition, Omantel will deploy the high-performance home gateway, which will provide subscribers with an improved experience for voice, data, video services, and dual-band gigabit Wi-Fi services.

" technology brings copper access into the gigabit era by delivering fiber-like speeds, which makes it possible for us to improve the experience for more customers using old copper lines and thus making the most of our existing copper network," said bin Abdullah Al Ajmi, VP Operations at Omantel.

"We look forward to continuing the partnership with Omantel through the commercial deployment,” said Leo Hong, Huawei’s Oman CEO. “Huawei’s investment and innovation in the end-to-end large capacity solution will significantly help Omantel accelerate the rollout of ultrafast broadband and achieve business success.".

Copper is an important infrastructure for fixed network operators and technology unleashes copper’s potential, helping operators make the most of existing resources to speed up ultra-broadband network deployment. Huawei, as the leading fixed access network solution provider, is committed to providing operators with future-oriented ultra broadband solutions. Huawei has made significant contributions to the formulation of the standards. After a multi-year R&D investment and cooperation with top industry players, Huawei has begun to release a series of products. These products support the industry's largest service capacity, smart and secure reversed power over Ethernet (PoE), remote power supply (RPS), as well as IP68 protection. To date, Huawei and more than 20 operators have carried out deployment and tests. has also been commercially deployed in counties such as UK, Switzerland, Germany, and Canada.

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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