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In 2016, looked very promising.
Thousands worked at developing and deploying.
It wasn't enough. 
Most carriers are investing
in fiber or 5G instead.


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

Gfast next stepsThree days with some of the best in the world of In 2017, they will share the experience of hundreds of thousands of lines deployed. The atmosphere is informal but the technical level very high. The venue is a pleasant conference center near CDG. The event was large enough to include virtually all the companies in the industry but small enough for everyone to be heard. I chaired and also did a three hour, first-day seminar to bring newbies up to speed.  

Speakers aren't announced yet but have included John Cioffi, the leaders of deployments at BT (ten million!), Swisscom, Belgacom/Proximus, CTOs of the major vendors, and many of the men who defined the standard. Remi Scanvenius of Upperside invites those recommended by an expert panel. Knowledgeable speakers are welcome whether or not their companies buy sponsorships. Marketing VP's giving sales pitches are not wanted; top engineers very welcome. 

Paris. May 9-11. See you there.

The expert panel for the show includes Thomas Starr of the Broadband Forum, and AT&T; Frank Van Der Putten of ITU-T; Hubert Mariotte of Orange;  Bernard Dugerdil of Freescale; Michael Timmers of Nokia; Rob van den Brink of TNO;  Rami Verbin of SCKIPIO; Dong Wei of HUAWEI; Rudi Frenzel LANTIQ; Debu Pal; and Uwe Schmidtke of Adtran.

Time to think of the next steps Summit 2017. 4th Edition

While the first generation systems become more and more mature and move towards field deployments, it is time to think of the next steps in development. 

Operators explore the business case for extending distance and integration to the FTTCabinet. Their target is to exploit existing copper infrastructure to overlay the desired ultra broadband services, but in the most scalable and manageable way possible. Minimising risk, expenditure and time-to-revenue is the name of the game, but keeping existing assets and processes only gets you half of the way. 

Current simulations project an improvement of 150-200 megabits at loops under 100 meters, typical in apartment buildings. At 300-350 meters, the newer units may raise speeds 20-40 megabits. One of the biggest challenges is to develop an open, programmable and scalable architecture based on SDN, and open interfaces and deployment models, in order to deliver the optimum conditions for getting to profitably, sustainably and non-disruptively.

The Summit has followed this technology since its beginning and will provide, through its fourth edition an overview of the market, in terms of deployments, experimentations, standardization process and equipment providers offering.

As is the case every year, the most renowned experts will discuss and debate the hottest topics during the Summit, to be held in Paris CDG, from 9 to 11 May, 2017.

Abstracts must be submitted by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Deadline for turning in abstracts: November 15th, 2016. Summit 2016: A successful Edition

Year after year, the Summit has followed the development of one of the most promising broadband access technologies and attendance has grown up by 15%. 

Participants, came in the majority from Western Europe followed by USA/Canada and ME then Asia and EE. 

We have had a mix of Directors, VP, Head of/Managers, Engineers, Architects coming from Operators, ISP and Integrators, Enterprise, Equipment Vendors, Software Solution Providers. 

The 2016 Edition, has confirmed that has now entered the deployment phase, in particular thanks to BT’s staff presentation during the opening of the Conference. Peter Bell, Director of Network Portfolio and Trevor Linney, Head of Access Network Research indeed described in depth their technical developments and learnings from trials. They demonstrated that time has come now to deploy 

Attendees participated in this technical event, under the governance of Dave Burstein, Editor of G.FAST NEWS and Hubert Mariotte, xDSL Technology Expert at Orange. 

During the 3 days Summit, we have heard about the latest news in this market. Sessions addressed the most crucial operational challenges, latest test Labs Reports, architecture and steps forward. The Conference ended with more open subjects like WiFi Management and Hybrid Access. Using their Cable Farm Automation Switch, Noise Generator and Analyzer, Telebyte have showed modem data rates at various loop lengths.

The Scientific Committee

Thomas Starr

Frank Van Der Putten

Hubert Mariotte

Bernard Dugerdil

Michael Timmers

Dave Burstein

Rob van den Brink

Rami Verbin

Dong Wei

Rudi Frenzel

Debu Pal

Uwe Schmidtke