Frontier Communications will deploy G.fast to accelerate broadband speeds for apartment and other MDU residents in Connecticut.
The technology is part of a state-wide network expansion Frontier is implementing to allow it to use the last few hundred meters of existing copper in multi-dwelling units, a move that accelerates ultra-broadband access since it does not require the more time-consuming installation of fiber, the company said.
"We will be deploying G.fast technology in MDU applications, providing a highly competitive offering for that segment," said Daniel McCarthy, Frontier CEO in the company's most recent earnings call, according to a Seeking Alpha transcript. "Our first application was in Connecticut, and we are pleased with the performance and looked at to move that more widely into production in attractive markets."
Frontier is using Nokia's G.fast gear with in-built vectoring capabilities that cut cross-talk interference that can impact data speed over older copper networks. The service provider can deploy fiber to an MDU basement instead of each individual unit. The solution incorporates software-defined networking (SDN) to automate management and simplify provisioning, according to Nokia.
"This is the first public [Nokia] G.fast customer in the US. We do have other US trials underway with several other customers but none that we can publicly comment on. G.fast is in the early deployment phase now and Frontier is our first public customer," Keith Russell, head of Nokia Fixed Networks marketing for copper, told UBB2020. "The flexibility of G.fast makes it an ideal tool for overcoming the unique challenges that operators face when addressing MDUs, and with around 3.5 million (approximately 10%) of households in Connecticut living in MDUs, Frontier has a tool to increase coverage rapidly."
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