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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

Reverse power. DTA. Profile 212. Now is the time to start taking advantage of the advanced features, as deployments are approaching one million homes passed. Registration is free at you there. Look for the round fellow with a beard.

David Titus of AT&T will present details from their nationwide effort. 

Bill Bittancourt of Calix is supporting over 100 networks and has a strong presentation with some surprising results. Michael Weissman has shepherded products through certification and will describe the process. The program is below.

The parallel track on NG-PON2 features Vincent O'Byrne of Verizon, driving NG-PON2. I know most of the speakers to be extremely knowledgeable. 

Chair Bernd Hesse writes, “We will be exploring Gfast and NG-PON2 in depth and the use cases that underpin the decisions to deploy them. I look forward to the debate, hearing from THE experts in the industry and welcoming the community to these new Forum events. This BASE (Broadband Access Summit Event) workshop will present NG-PON2 technology and GFAST technology advantages and readiness to be used in the deployment of next generation access networks. A wide view on this topic and insides on latest technologies, applications, use cases and deployments will be provided from component vendors, system vendors and operators." I know most of the speakers. They are good.

Here's the full day

Gfast Session, Moderator: Dave Burstein  Editor at Fast Net News, DSL Prime and 5GW News

9:20 AM - 9:40 AM |  Gfast Certification, Testing, and Standardization, Michael Weissman VP Business Development, Sckipio
In the past 12 months (since the BBWF 2016), Gfast has moved out of the labs, and into the field.  This evolution has been made possible through the success of the Broadband Forum Gfast Certification Program, launched in June 2017, in combination with supporting plugfest activities.  Looking at what has been achieved, it's critical that service providers utilize the certification program, setting clear expectations for CPE and DPU performance and stability.  Here, we'll provide a detailed look into the certification program, as well as the coming enhancements to the Gfast Technologies from the ITU-T. 

9:40 AM - 10:00 AM |  Component market in two parallel tracks, Rudy Musschebroeck, Commscope
Component vendors in the passive and optical space will present on the challenges and innovations. The focus is on the requirements from network operators that are driving standards developments.  “As bandwidth demand continues to increase, fiber optics are making a steady progression deeper into converging access networks. To avoid the high cost associated to a full fiber to the home deployment, many operators turn to technologies such as DSL, G.Fast, FiberDeep, remote phy or even 5G fixed wireless radios, using existing coax or copper infrastructure or even wireless links. At the same time, densification of the wireless networks is paving the road to 5G. All these architectures require an increasing amount of active electronic devices at the edge of the network, each serving an ever smaller number of subscribers. This evolution leads to an increased requirement for power in the edge of the network, introducing new challenges for deployment and operations. The dielectric nature of fiber optics makes connections to the utility grid the default practice today. This session will explore the associated challenges and alternative solutions to provide power to the edge of the network.  “

10:00 AM - 10:20 AM |  GFast is ready for the Gigabit era, Mileend Gadkari, Sckipio
To be successful a product has to combine good performance (coverage) with the right level of CAPEX and OPEX. This presentation deals with innovative technologies used to meet this target, making ready for the Gigabit era.

10:20 AM - 10:40 AM |  Deploying GFast across different types of copper infrastructure, Bill Bittancourt Senior Product Line Leader, Calix
Benefits and options to deploy over OSP infrastructure - twisted pair, coax, including field trial results

10:40 AM - 11:00 AM |  The importance of testing GFast, David Bessonen Gfast Product Line Manager, Telebyte Inc.
Topics include Gfast Profile 212, independent Dynamic Timing Allocation (iDTA), collective DTA (cDTA), Reverse Power Feed (RPF) as well as rate-vs-reach testing./


GFast Session, Moderator, Michael Weissman,Sckipio

11:50 AM - 12:15 PM | Challenges and workflow processes for efficient deployment of ultra-broadband services, Larry Holcomb, BD Manager, EXFO
GFast field qualification and turn-up challenges and processes, integration of field test sets in processes for consistent turn-up and qualification test methodologies, adherence to company standards and thresholds, role of smart devices in the field to manage test processes, work order information and test results capture, archiving of field test results for performance analysis and trending.

12:15 PM - 12:40 PM | The rise of copper to multi-gigabit, Keith Russell, Product Marketing Director, Nokia
When first introduced, Gfast was seen one dimensionally as a new, faster DSL.  It quickly became clear that Gfast was quickly evolving to address operator specific needs for extended range and increased capacity.  Ultimately, the technology will be used in vastly different ways by operators to overcome specific deployment challenges. In this session we will discuss how all copper technologies are evolving to meet demand with a clear emphasis on  Gfast as it evolves to address more use cases addressing the needs of operators globally.   

12:40 PM - 1:05 PM | Finding the best buildings for Gfast - Where to Start?, Greg Bathrick, Director of Solution Marketing, Calix
Finding the best multi-dwelling units (MDU) involves a few key things to come together: the subscriber’s appetite for high bandwidth, the MDU owner’s willingness to host your service, and the building’s infrastructure to support gigabit services. This session talks about the steps that service provides need to consider.

1:05 PM - 1:30 PM  |Faster and Faster! Combining High Speed Broadband with Next Gen Home Networking, KEN HAASE VP, Product Line Management, ARRIS
The Broadband Wars continue to rage onward. Service providers struggle to balance the Total Cost of Ownership in the home against the need to take advantage of newer technologies such as, Next Gen PON, and eventually 5G, to enable faster access. This session will look at the end-to-end aspects of what faster broadband means to the entire ecosystem. Matching performance inside the home and managing the intricacies of the ever growing home network will be demystified.


Gfast Session, Moderator, Michael Howard,Senior Research Director, Carrier Networks, IHS

1:35 PM - 2:00 PM | AT&T: 212MHz GFast Deployment Strategy, David Titus, Principle Member of Technical Staff, AT&T
Cover AT&T’s planned speed tiers and rate/reach expectations.  Overview our converged DirecTV/G.Fast solution.  And introduce AT&T’s intend move towards an RPF (Reverse Power) strategy.  Will overview several Use Cases and provide a peek as to what AT&T is looking for Gen 3 silicon.

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM | TBD, Scott Helms,Senior VP Advanced Services, Momentum Telecom

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM | Connect the Unconnected: A Hybrid Network Strategy for Connecting America's Underserved and Unserved, Lev Gonick, CEO & Founder, Digital C
The presentation will outline the innovative use of mmWave and G.Fast network technology to connect households in Cleveland public housing.

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM | TBD

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM  Closing Statements and Panel Discussion