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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

chunghwaBT calls 4,000 a trial but Alcatel calls similar at Chunghwa "first commercial deployment." Whatever you call it, is here, with about 10,000 lines about to be installed. Rami Verbin of Sckipio told me the real growth won't come until 2016 and it looks like he was on track. A couple of years ago, Chunghwa promised to spend $3B to bring "fiber" to 97% of premises by 2015. but Tony Brown reports only 200,000 true fiber to the home lines by the middle of this year. 

The embarrassing delay gives them incentive to make stronger claims than BT. Taiwan is probably not connecting significantly more lines this year than England. Everyone knows this is early equipment likely to need debugging. The average Taiwanese will get higher speeds than the average Brit because there are far more apartments dwellers in Taiwan. The English love their gardens. From the basement, speeds will often be 400-700 megabits down. 

Britain originally planned to bring 400-700 megabits to most homes but decided not to spend the money on the million+ field units that would require. Instead, they will run G.halffast, the same gear but over longer runs from the (much fewer) existing cabinets. The official word is that they will reach 300-500 megabits combined upstream and downstream. I'll call it 250 meg down until proven otherwise. 


Alcatel-Lucent and Chunghwa Telecom launch world's first commercial deployment of ultra-broadband access technology in TaiwanTens of thousands of homes to benefit from innovation which combines fiber and copper technologies to meet demand for high-speed access quickly and cost-efficiently

PARIS, Sept. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan's leading service provider, are to commence the world's first commercial deployment of ultra-broadband access technology, allowing the acceleration of 'last mile' connectivity to deliver ultra-fast fiber-like speeds to households everywhere.

Currently 68% of homes in Taiwan enjoy broadband cable for Internet access. However, with growing demand for 4K TV and streaming HD video services, the need for ultra-broadband access is steadily increasing. To address this need, Chunghwa Telecom is conducting a nationwide roll-out of FTTx (fiber-to-the-premises) infrastructure to residential and business customers using a combination of fiber and copper technology. To accelerate these deployments and enable the delivery of near-gigabit speeds, Chungwa Telecom will deploy Alcatel-Lucent's GPON and technologies.

Alcatel-Lucent and its Bell Labs research arm have played a pioneering role in the development and implementation of, which has already been in trials with more than 30 operators worldwide., in particular, allows service providers to provide ultra-broadband access to locations where fiber deployment is difficult, using the final length of copper infrastructure extending into premises to deliver ultra-high speeds. Additionally, eliminates the need to rewire entire buildings and homes, the most costly and time consuming part of any FTTx deployment.

The combination of fiber and will enable Chunghwa Telecom to quickly provide fast broadband to tens of thousands of homes in Taiwan within two years, and also meet the country's National Communications Commission plan to improve fixed broadband access in hard-to-reach residential locations. Chunghwa Telecom will launch ultra-broadband services using to the 8.4 million Taiwanese homes, low- and high-rise buildings in the fourth quarter of 2015.

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Mu-Piao ShihPresident of Chunghwa Telecom said: "We have made great strides in proactively improving our broadband network service in recent years, and we are pleased to become the first commercial broadband service provider in the world. With Alcatel-Lucent's technology we will be well equipped to launch a ultra high-speed network service toward the end of this year and offer our customers the highest broadband service experience, thereby solidifying our leadership in the fiber optics broadband service market ranging from 100Mbps to 1Gbps."

Ken Wu, President and Managing Director of Alcatel-Lucent Taiwan said: "As innovators in ultra-broadband fixed access, Alcatel-Lucent was the first company to bring to the market. For the past year we have been working with leading operators around the world to trial the technology.

"At the end of last year, Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent launched the technology to upgrade the transmission speed of traditional copper telephone lines to 10Gbps. This year, the Taiwanese market has already rapidly introduced the latest technology and launched commercial services ahead of other markets to enable the consumers in Taiwan to experience CHT's G.Fast ultra-high-speed broadband service. Today we are happy to see Chunghwa Telecom take a pioneering role and become the world's first operator to deploy it commercially. By adding our technology to its portfolio, Chunghwa Telecom can better meet the demands of any deployment scenario to quickly and cost-effectively connect customers with the highest speeds in a highly competitive market."