In 2016, G.fast 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
- Published: 18 October 2016 18 October 2016
Interoperability demonstrated at BBWF. Metanoia's press release features a quote from Swisscom, one of the first to deploy G.fast. Their chips are in an SFP container, ready to plug into routers designed for SFP upgrades. They developed in cooperation with Huawei. They also offer DPU chips. All the telcos are looking for a second source for G.fast, unwilling to be tied to a single chip vendor. With Ikanos gone, there's plenty of opportunity.
The company is not well-known in the west. They have a substantial investment in R&D and a patent portfolio. They haven't released much information that isn't in the press release, below. I've sent a note and hope to learn more.
G.fast IOP, a first in a Carrier Network environment; Swisscom makes it a reality that meets their network requirements
Press release [Tuesday 18 October 2016]
Broadband World Forum 2016 - Metanoia Communications (Metanoia), a leading developer of very high speed xDSL PHY chipsets for the wireline broadband market, announces today that they have achieved interoperability (IOP) between its G.fast solution and the G.fast solution used in Swisscom's DPUs.
As with most of the broadband technologies, IOP starts at the chipset level, and for Metanoia, like for other chipset vendors. Reaching full IOP with our G.fast chip has been critical to us as a company, as it is also to System companies and Operators. Operators see IOP as a corner stone to their network deployment, and they are eager to deploy equipment, like G.fast Distribution Point Units (DPUs) and Gateway/SFPs using different chipsets, and to be able to operate together on their Network.
"Thanks to an G.fast SFP module developed by Metanoia and Huawei, we will be able to upgrade our Internet-Box plus or standard router in the field to G.fast. It is a key element of our current deployment strategy, that our customers can benefit quickly and easily of the new high speeds possible of the G.fast technology on copper networks using our existing routers." said Nicolas STEFANI, Router development expert at Swisscom.
Metanoia G.fast technology is based on its new single device, the MT-G5321, which can be embedded into an SFP unit and plug into any existing or future Home Gateways, which has an SFP cage. Form factor, Low power, below 2W as per MSA requirement at 85oC, when combined with Performances make it the right technology specifically for an SFP solution.
Metanoia's CEO, CT WU added, "IOP is important to Metanoia, and reason we have been putting significant efforts into it. Bringing the first interoperable G.fast SFP to the market that can be used with deployed Gateways is beneficial to Operators and achieving full IOP with Broadcom allows Operators to benefit from that effort".
Metanoia will participate in the 16th Annual Broadband World Forum 2016 (BBWF 2016) in London, UK. Metanoia will be demonstrating its latest G.fast solution, including its SFP, in a real network environment as well as the world's smallest VDSL2 SFP. Please come to visit us at the BBWF 2016 (Booth E12) and on the IOP Pavilion.
Broadband World Forum 2016
Date : 18~20, Oct., 2016
Place : Excel Convention Centre, London, UK.