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: 14 October 2016 14 October 2016
New option where you have copper, digging fiber would be expensive, and you don't have line of sight for microwave. Sckipio's single port G.fast is an ideal solution if you need hundreds of megabits a few hundred meters from fiber. A telco engineer told me five months ago that is a common situation. He wanted a way to use a single line of G.fast. For a decade, people have been making connections like that with six and twelve lines of DSL, awkward and fairly expensive. Copper phone wires go almost everywhere and often you can find a fairly direct connection - especially if you are the phone company with access to the manholes. It's easy to imagine a small radio station with a dozen people on staff across a highway from fiber, or three homes about 200 meters beyond a telco GPON network.
I live about 50 meters from Columbia's Engineering School, with probably a terabit of connectivity. There are 50 apartments in my building and 800-1000 apartments like mine within 200 meters. Most are owned by Columbia. Verizon can't deliver more than 6 megabits to any of us. It would be easy to deliver 500-800 megabits of G.fast to our building if you could find a simple wire run from Columbia, which may well be in place.
Connect that copper line to a G.fast unit in the basement, and everyone in the building could have several hundred megabits 95+% of the time. We could have 50/50 or close to 100/100 with cheap, quickly installed VDSL. (Fortunately, we have high speed cable. Most of the world doesn't.)
I bet field engineers reading this can recall dozens of circumstances this would do the job.