In 2016, G.fast looked very promising.
But only BT & Australia's nbn remain
Dark Blue: 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 Blue: Smaller carriers in Germany, Norway, Finland, Japan
- Published: 16 May 2015 16 May 2015
A strong event for years. I've been wanting to go to this event before and I'm glad it's working out this year. Speakers include: Lieven Mertens of Belgacom, the first to deploy vectoring; John McDonald of BT, whose CEO is talking 15M lines of G.fast; Marko Loeffelholz of DT, promising 12-24M fast lines; and John Cioffi, inventor of vectoring and much more. Here's the speaker list.
Den Haag has changed a lot since the picture was painted in 1650 but retains a great deal of history. I don't know if the cafes are as interesting as those in Amsterdam but that city is just a short train ride away. The van Gogh Museum is remarkable. You'll think differently about him when you see the earlier paintings. The Rembrandts in the Rijksmuseum are also unforgettable.
Say hello to the round fellow with a beard and the irrepressible Jennie Bourne.
- Published: 14 May 2015 14 May 2015
Those gigabits just ain't delivering. The glass is half full: many customers are getting downloads of 200-400 megabits. That's pretty darn good. The glass is half empty: the gigabits promised are not being achieved.
Carsten Roetz of Swisscom writes "The test customers in the village of Bibern get between 285 and 402 Mbps downstream and between 85 and 109 Mbps upstream. Results depend on copper cable length: on short copper cables (ca 24 meters) we were even able to reach 624 Mbps Downstream / 151 Mbps Upstream in field but without connected customers."
Most of the ~150 homes in the Swiss town of Bibern are within 200 meters of the city center, ideal G.fast territory. Whether 200 megabits or 500 megabits, G.fast actually getting to customers is a milestone.
- Published: 12 May 2015 12 May 2015
Paris CDG: May 19-21 Upperside G.fast. It’s not too late to register. http://bit.ly/1Pdy0oB 500 megabit copper is ready to go. The future begins this year. As chair of the event, I promise to get questions answered and keep things lively. Join me. Register here.
In three days, you can meet two dozen of the very best, including the telcos ready to build:
Trevor Linney of BT, trialling 4,000 lines with a CEO wanting to connect 15 million (“The vast majority of the U.K.). They also lead in G.fast to connect wireless sites and extenders
- Published: 05 May 2015 05 May 2015
Applause from Trevor Linney of BT. Smalls cells - WiFi or LTE - are a crucial part of the "beyond 4G" networks. It's so expensive to run fiber for backhaul no carrier in the West has a large network of freestanding small cells. (The WiFi First networks in Europe have over 10M connected. Carrier small cells are in the tens of thousands.)
LTE is starting to move to 3 carrier, 450 megabit radios, so requires plenty of speed. Over very short distances, G.fast can deliver 500 down, 200 up to an LTE cell. It's a natural way to connect a few cells in smaller office buildings.
WiFi First poses an existential threat to telcos counting on usage levels. LTE is usually charged, WiFi usually not. The profitability of telcos in the next decade will be profoundly affected by whether they keep customers away from the less profitable WiFi.
- Published: 05 May 2015 05 May 2015
Promises Ikanos chips will be better by yearend 2015. The CEO of Ikanos of course will claim his chips are the best. Tahernia did this in an interesting way, introducing what he calls "second generation" G.fast chips.
What's the difference? Ikanos intends to sample later this year chips that offer: "true gigabit performance," power requirement "broadly deployable" and "backward compatibility with existing VDSL services"
The plan is alpha samples to selected customers in q3 and marketing in q4. We'll be able to determine whether they met these goals when others can test these chips. One customer is convinced: Alcatel has invested $12M.
Ikanos' financial issues are well known in the industry.
- Published: 29 March 2015 29 March 2015
Looking for 100+ megabits 400 meters. Last October, G.fast cheerleader Sckipio promised to solve "the problem of the last 200 meters." (below) Presenting for the ITU standards group last spring, Frank van der Putten listed "service provider requirements up to 250 meters. (below) Until a few hours before I wrote this at the end of March 2015, Wikipedia claimed "G.fast' is a DSL standard for local loops shorter than 250 meters. (I updated it.)
Today, Sckipio is claiming 100+ megabits performance out to 500 meters. (Left) They report tests "up to 170Mbps per copper pair at 480 meters."