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: 19 September 2018 19 September 2018
CTO Heinz Herren is publicly confident that G.fast - usually at a gigabit - is right for the company's future. "Now that we have the new generation of chips, the time is right," he said in the keynote at Huawei's UBBF in Geneva. The new chips can use 212 MHz of spectrum and deliver fast upstream and downstream. They will be deployed to most of the country other than the third already covered with FTTH.
The challenge, of course, is Xavier Niel's Salt, offering a ten gig connection for 50 Swiss francs, US$52, to 1.3 million homes about a third of the country and growing rapidly. I stopped in a Salt store in Geneva and asked how people were responding to the 10 gig. With enthusiasm, I was told.
I doubt there is much practical difference. between, say, 200 meg and 10 gig. The experience worldwide is that people do want the higher speeds if the price is similar.
Zurich, the largest Swiss city, only has a population of 400,000 people and an unknown number of gnomes.
Many of the Swiss live in small towns and G.fast will take them to 500 megabits or better. While the image of "rural" areas is of farms and people far apart,
Jack Zhu of Huawei confirmed the new Amendment 3 chips from Broadcom are shipping in volume and the issues with vectoring have been resolved. Huawei has the broadest line in telecom, able to deliver everything from the lowest cost DSL to (soon) 50 GPON.