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: 29 January 2015 29 January 2015
<update Feb 26. They sent me an email they are comping analysts and people from telcos. </update Tim Johnson & Stephen Wilson, analysts I respect, will bring an appropriately skeptical viewpoint to this one day event in Munich. Tim, Stephen and I were on a panel at the Berlin conference. Our conclusion, which I assume they still believe, is that the telcos want the speed but the equipment guys need to prove they can deliver.
Dudi Baum of Sckipio, a leading chip vendor, will be there to present the evidence G.fast is working well and ready to go. Dudi last year was confident we would have significant G.fast deployments in the latter part of 2015. With BT, Ireland and Telecom Egypt in the room, Dudi should get good feedback. Robin Mersh of the Broadband Forum will describe their very important interoperability work.
The huge question is whether "sixteen is enough." The chips expected to ship soon cannot handle more than 16 ports and you can only use one box of sixteen per building. Noise cancellation across more than 16 lines is beyond what anyone has promised to ship in the next few years.
Many buildings have more than sixteen apartments.