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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, 

netcologne und zte praesentieren 18 gb loesung auf anga comNext year, 260,000 lines. Cologne and Munich city nets have long been outclassing DT, especially with fiber deployment. CEO Timo von Lepel gets it, "One day, 100 Mbps will be the lowest data rate available." They have installed 25,000 kilometers of fiber, including to the basements of most substantial buildings. They run VDSL at 50-100 megabits to most apartments, but will rapidly replace that with

They plan to use 212 MHz of bandwidth for speeds over 1 gigabit. At Anga Com, they showed download speed of 1.6 gig and upload of 200 megabits with equipment from ZTE. In the picture next to the speed test are Sun Jie of ZTE on the left, von Lepal and Horst Schmitz on the right. They have good reason to smile.

Apparently, ZTE is using Broadcom chips. They expect the 212 MHz chips to be in limited supply until next year.

I'm waiting for Broadcom to provide details. In particular, it's not clear Broadcom (or anyone) can do the heavy calculations for vectoring the higher speeds. Adtran and Deutsche Telekom announced results of their private testing of 212 MHz and cDTA. The cDTA is on Sckipio chips. 

Until we get more public testing, delivery dates are very fuzzy. technology: NetCologne and ZTE break new speed record on the Anga Com!

Cologne, 31.05.2017

Above: Sun Jie, Managing Director of ZTE Germany, Timo von Lepel, Managing Director of NetCologne and Area Manager Horst Schmitz (NetCologne) at today's live demonstration at ZTE booth.

The Cologne-based telecommunications provider NetCologne and the Chinese technology group ZTE presented today at the Anga Com a new technological milestone. With the 212 Megahertz solution, the limit of 1 Gigabit was exceeded for the first time in the live test.

Breakthrough: 1.8 Gigabit
NetCologne continues to increase its speed and continues to take the lead over across Germany. "With the current measurements, we have reached a new record," says NetCologne CEO Timo von Lepel at today's live demonstration at the Anga Com. For the first time the speeds of more than 1.8 gigabits per second were shown outside the laboratory (download 1.6 Gbit / s, upload 0.2 Gbit / s).

New 212 megahertz profile
This new generation of chipsets is possible in the ZTE DSLAMs. During the pilot phase in the spring, NetCologne had initially worked with the frequency band up to 106 Megahertz for data transmission. As a result, speeds of 850 Mbit per second have already been achieved in real operation. With the new 212 Megahertz profile, the Cologne-based company is now taking a step further in the laboratory tests. "By re-doubling the frequency spectrum for data transmission, we are near the two gigabit brands for the first time," Lepel says.

Cooperation with ZT
ZTE supports NetCologne as a technical partner in the strategic development of the existing FttB network (= Fibre to the Building). "Together with NetCologne, we continue to push the technology to their limits and create the ideal basis for future applications," said Sun Jie, Managing Director of ZTE Germany. "These ultra-high speeds are unique in a global comparison."

Precondition for
The technology will be available in the NetCologne network in the course of the year in 260,000 households. The prerequisite for this is that the respective building has a fiber optic connection from NetCologne. A further expansion of the network is planned in perspective.

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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