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: 13 October 2017 13 October 2017
Companies time releases for BBWF, the biggest event of the year. Here are some possibilities for the companies that haven't provided me news yet.
Huawei will brief me at their Hangzhou event this week. For now, I know the 96 port external vectoring boxes are doing well in customer labs and probably ready. Two telcos were impressed.
(Huawei, Calix, and Adtran are very generous with the press, hosting regular events. All three do a good job trying to answer questions when they can. The result is they get far more coverage. I make a point of reaching out to those who tell me less, including writing this as a reminder.)
Metanoia is the third G.fast chipmaker that joins the UNH interops.
Swisscom is using their chips, which implies Huawei. I hope to learn more about them at the interop demonstration at the show.
Nokia is the longtime DSL leader and the originator of what has become G.mgfast at speeds up to 10 gigabits.
Their product and engineering people are open and forthright. Several are speaking at BBWF and the Broadband Forum events and I'll learn a great deal from them. Unfortunately, their pr people are gracious but rarely go beyond press releases. Back in Lucent days, they thought a reporter's job was to promote company press releases. I'd report more about Nokia if company policy changed and pr could do more.
Broadcom is the most closed company in telecom. Their pr people are courteous and professional, but limited by company policy. I nearly always know what's coming because they have to tell their customers, who tell me. Everyone in the industry discovered in Henry Nicholas days that Broadcom believed in sharing as little information as practical. He believed business is war and in "Art of War" style stealth.