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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

Light Blue: Incumbent likely:  France, Germany, Italy

Technicolor-modem-320For less than $10 more than the VDSL-only version, Technicolor is selling a unit ready for G.fast when the company deploys. (Broadcom's G.fast chip also does VDSL.) Broadcom wants to seed the G.fast market and is presumably offering a very attractive price for the first generation chips. Less than $10 is a small price to pay for an easy future upgrade.

Karel Adriaensen wouldn't even give me a hint of which telco may be the world's largest buyer of G.fast modems. The telco intends to use the modems for G.fast one day, but they are serving as 35b vectored VDSL modems for now. Adriaensen says G.fast is now ready for large-scale commercial deployment. "Standardization is complete, chipsets are available, operators are evaluating it and the first sizeable commercial deployments are expected to start in 2017 ... Several hundred thousand of those gateways will be deployed around that operator's country, but G.fast will not be enabled until later in 2017."

Technicolor was Thomson/RCA before a reorganization in 2010. Thomson had purchased Technicolor, a leading Hollywood lab, and decided that was a more attractive name. The modem division goes back to Alcatel Micro, which was the DSL leader at the turn of the century. ADSL/VDSL hybrids took years to deliver the promised performance; I have no data this time. 

Cable is going to a gigabit - Comcast, Cox, and Rogers in Canada are promising to deploy to over 50M homes. Liberty Global, the big European, is only at 300 meg at Virgin U.K., but I'm sure Balan Nair intends to upgrade that to a gig soon. Meanwhile, Comcast expects 100's of megabits upstream in 2017.

Germany and anyone else with cable competition are likely in trouble if they don't get to at least a few hundred megabits soon.

From the company:

Features at a Glance „

Integrated VDSL2 modem (up to VDSL2 profile 35b) and G.Fast modem „ 1 GE WAN port „ AutoWAN sensing™ „ 4 GE LAN ports „ Dual-band concurrent Wi-Fi interfaces IEEE 802.11n 2.4 GHz (3x3) IEEE 802.11ac 5 GHz (4x4) „ 2 FXS ports for phone or fax „ 1 superspeed USB 3.0 master port „ Seamless media sharing (UPnP A/V™ and DLNA®) „ Future-proof full service platform „ Enabled to support Wi-Fi Doctor® (sold separately) and Wi-Fi Conductor (sold separately) „ Extensive remote management „ Non-service-affecting platform software upgrades (dual bank memory) „ IPv4 & IPv6 enabled „ Designed according to the latest ECO standards

From Wikipedia, the interesting history of the company.

Technicolor began as Thomson, named after the electrical engineer Elihu Thomson, who was born in Manchester, England, on March 26, 1853. Thomson moved to Philadelphia, USA, at the age of 5, with his family. Thomson formed the Thomson-Houston Electric Company in 1879 with Edwin Houston. The company merged with the Edison General Electric Company to become the General Electric Company in 1892. In 1893, the Compagnie Française Thomson-Houston (CFTH) was formed in Paris, a sister company to GE in the United States. It was from this company, that the modern Thomson Group would evolve. ... On June 20, 2012, Vector Capital won a competitive bid for a minority stake in Technicolor, beating JP Morgan with a surprise, last-minute bid.On July 23 of the same year, Cisco Systems announced the sale of its television set-top box and cable modem business to Technicolor for $600 million—part of a division originally formed by Cisco's $6.9 billion purchase of Scientific Atlanta.