A growing number of service providers plan to extend their Gfast projects through 2017 and into next year.
Whereas AT&T, nbn and BT have led the Gfast charge, smaller operators are also beginning to implement the technology. Last week's announcement from Calix that more than 100 service providers have deployed its AXOS Gfast solutions supports this informal assessment. Word from ADTRAN of increased production deployment of its Gfast and Mosaic Cloud Platform with domestic and international carriers further underscores the trend.
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Openreach continues to be a Gfast leader: In the second quarter of 2017, the British provider added 505,000 fiber connections -- including VDSL, fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) and Gfast -- bringing it to a total of 8.6 million connections across the United Kingdom. The provider is rapidly advancing its deployment of Gfast, said Gavin Patterson, BT CEO, during the provider's second-quarter earnings call on Nov. 2.
"We intend to accelerate our Gfast deployment, which is now in 46 pilot locations, to cover 1 million premises by year end," he told investors and analysts.
Smaller providers jump aboard
For its part, Hawaiian Telecom will begin its initial Gfast deployment "to increase speeds to areas where it makes sense," CEO Scott Barber said earlier this month.
Gfast frequently is seen as the go-to solution for multi-dwelling units, where providers install fiber-to-the-basement, then use existing copper or coax to deliver gigabit speeds to individual apartments, condos or co-ops. That's the approach Cincinnati Bell is exploring, CEO Tom Simpson said. (See Gfast Bridges Urban Digital Divide)
"We are still exploring Gfast technologies which is effectively a fiber to the prem -- but copper inside the building -- to achieve spectrums bandwidth north of spectrum's capability," he said in the telco's third-quarter call this month.
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.
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