There's been a buzz around G.fast for a couple of years now, driven largely by the requirements of a small number of network operators (particularly BT in the UK) but also by the responsiveness of the chipset and ultra-broadband system vendor community.
As my colleague Iain Morris points out in his in-depth update on the market dynamics impacting this strand of the fixed broadband access market, there are number of factors -- political pressure, competition and technology advances, to name a few -- that could hamper the G.fast market's broader development. (See G.fast Could Use a Boost.)
But it might not get much further than being a technological and economic niche if some of the hurdles prove too high to overcome. It'll be interesting to see how many more (if any!) network operators come into the open at the Broadband World Forum show with next-generation ultra-broadband service plans that include G.fast (whether from the cabinet, distribution points or basements).
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