Paul Spruyt and Thierry Valette have G.fast production gear ready. Broadcom and Sckipio are shipping chips. The rest is mostly standard parts. So the leading vendors have equipment for anyone who orders it.
Everyone, including Paul and Thierry, pointed to substantial work still needed. Spruyt adds the industry is still, "building more field experience, fine tuning technology, tracking the Amendments to the G.fast standard and [taking] the usual time for operators to prepare their networks for volume deployment."
British Telecom, now on the way to 25,000 homes in their trials, hopes to move rapidly late this year or early next. Others may be a little later coming out of trials. Swisscom and Telecom Austria presented data that confirmed the BT data. Results for 80% and 90% are as predicted and outstanding. The 500-800 megabits at 100 meters is generally solid. 300 megabits at 300 meters is a little bit optimistic but not that far off. Perhaps 10% of lines are getting far lower speeds than hoped.
The data from Swisscom show we have a long way to go before almost all customers will get the expected speeds.