Deutsche Telekom and ADTRAN are lab testing the next-generation G.fast standard 212Mhz and coordinated dynamic time allocation (cDTA) so the German service provider can evaluate its ability to use existing cable and phone infrastructure to deliver ultra-fast and gigabit services.
By using current cabling, DT can rapidly and affordably accelerate service deployment with minimal disruption.
"DT, for a long time now, has been an advocate of using their own built-in infrastructure and being very, very targeted with fiber overbuild and things like that. They've shown, going back several years ago with vectoring in our studies, €330 can connect a home and deliver 100 megabits whereas it's north of €1,000 for fiber to the home," Kurt Raaflaub, global marketing manager at ADTRAN, told UBB2020. "If I can cover more homes for the same amount of money, that's what I want to do."
ADTRAN has already proven the new 212MHz G.fast standard, which doubles usable spectrum, allowing operators to provide ultra-broadband speeds via one copper pair. By combining it with cDTA, speeds are even more rapid, enhancing G.fast upstream performance four- or five-fold, according to the vendor. It accomplishes this by dynamically balancing upstream and downstream capacity in real time to meet individual residential users' needs and extends usage to current phone wiring, in place at most existing homes and businesses.
In the lab tests, DT and ADTRAN expect to determine how far the combined technologies reach, whether it's a kilometer or less, Raaflaub said. But regardless of distance, G.fast implementations are more cost-effective, in part because they are forward-compatible with fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), he said.
"Once this gets proved out -- whether it's 30% or 40% or 50% of their subscribers that will be able to get this service -- they'll be able to get this service almost instantaneously, whereas if it was fiber, having to wait for neighborhood-by-neighborhood," added Raaflaub. "It has very minor construction and it's available."
In a flurry of activity throughout the week, Donald (DJ) LaVoy, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development at the US Department of Agriculture, and his team spent about $145.8 million in the non-urban or suburban areas of seven states.
Calix reported revenue of $120.19 million – up 4% – in Q4 2019, putting a bounce in the step of company president and CEO Carl Russo and a shine to Calix's ongoing transition from hardware vendor to a provider of platforms enabled by cloud, APIs and subscriber experience.
Looking to curtail e-waste and improve the bottom line, BT will require customers to return routers and set-top boxes, although subscribers will not have to pay a fee when they receive regular broadband equipment.
Deploying DOCSIS 3.1 across its entire footprint gave Rogers Communications the ability to offer speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s,
contributing to a broadband segement that generated about 60% of the Canadian operator's $3.05 billion (US) in Q4 cable earnings.
It wasn't long ago that TV was ranked by subscribers as the most important service in the bundle provided by their communications service provider (CSP). Recent research indicates that for nearly three quarters of subscribers, broadband is now the most important service. Broadcast TV is the most important service to only 15% of North American consumers, replaced by OTT video streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+. In addition, many different competitors are moving aggressively to stake a claim in consumers' homes.
In 2020, CSPs need to fight back by transforming their business models, which are becoming more reliant on a single source of revenue: fixed broadband services.
This webinar will focus on helping CSPs transform their business models by placing a firm focus on delivering a sensational subscriber experience and by offering compelling new services that generate value for subscribers. These actions will reinforce the CSP's strategic position in the home network and position themselves for growth in the next decade.
Key topics include:
Being the first to market with WiFi 6 technology, in response to consumer purchases of new devices over the holidays;
Having the insights needed to proactively resolve issues, often before your subscribers even know that there are issues;
Providing help desk agents with the visibility they need to resolve common subscriber issues more quickly;
Delivering a mobile app, in response to consumer demands for the ability to do some things themselves, rather than having to call technical support; and
Addressing consumer concerns around device security, privacy and control with enhanced security and parental controls.
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.