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.
After suffering many quarters of financial and broadband subscriber losses, Frontier Communications' bond owners are ready for dramatic change – including a replacement for CEO Dan McCarthy (pictured), Bloomberg reports today, citing several sources.
Verizon and Calix bonded four wavelengths in the lab, bringing Verizon closer to its goal of one unified network for multiple services, says Kevin Smith, vice president of network planning at Verizon, during Calix ConneXions 2019 in Las Vegas.
Calix must overcome ties to its hardware-based past and return to positive earnings, something CEO Carl Russo predicts will happen soon -- pointing to the vendor's flat Q3 earnings and uptick in Verizon orders as positive financial indicators.
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