1Gbps over existing copper lines with G.fast

Operators need to get G.fast right if they want to take advantage of the opportunity available to deliver new technologies to consumers, Broadband Forum chairman Kevin Foster has stated.

Speaking at CES 2016, Foster said the potential of innovative technology will only be enabled if operators make headway on G.fast deployments.

The ITU-T’s G.9701 (G.fast) specification was approved in December 2014, and is designed to provide gigabit broadband connection speeds (up to 1Gbps) over a single twisted pair cable in existing copper infrastructure.

It allows faster deployment of services by enabling the introduction of plug-and-play remote DPUs and G.fast CPE devices, self-installed by customers at home.

“It’s all about delivering tomorrow’s consumer trends – like 4K video, location-based services, security, home automation, video sharing, gaming, and home office collaboration – today,” said Foster.

G.fast also means that fibre-to-the-cabinet is more viable because of what G.fast can achieve over the final copper-based yardage, he said.

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