British wholesale incumbent Openreach increased its minimum download speed for Gfast products to 120 Mbps from 100 Mbps, putting it in line with baseline industry standards. The commonsense decision should simplify adoption of this technology by operators looking to extend the life of their copper infrastructure before they deploy fiber.
"The purpose of the change is to improve customer experience and create more certainty for [communication providers] when selling lines at the edge of the service," Openreach wrote in a briefing to operators.
This revision helps service providers better plan for their future fiber infrastructure investments, Ronan Kelly, Chief Technology Officer, EMEA and APAC at ADTRAN, told Broadband World News via email. Openreach faces growing competition from other wholesalers, including CityFibre and MS3 Networks, which are rolling out full-fiber infrastructure across the UK.
"Gfast as a gigabit fiber extension technology allows service providers to more rapidly monetize their fiber investment by reaching more customers with differentiated gigabit services, when deployed as originally intended. With all the momentum amongst the UK altnets, deploying 10G FTTH technology to support and scale their business and residential gigabit and multi-gigabit services -- plus Openreach's own FTTH plans -- this move will represent some welcome relief while consumers await their fiber connection," Kelly said. "In short, we believe gigabit service delivery is more in line with the EU commission’s broadband goals of the Gigabit Society."
Openreach will provide a full update at this month's Copper & Fibre Products Commercial Group (CFPCG) meeting, it said.
Vendors already incorporate chips with Amendment 3 features from developers such as Broadcom and Sckipio. The ITU-T Gfast standard doubles spectrum to 212 MHz and can deliver aggregate bandwidth of 2 Gbps. It coexists with VDSL2 services and supports dynamic time assignment (DTA), symmetric gigabit speeds and additional deployment flexibility, according to Heavy Reading's report, "Gfast Rollout Starts with Amendment 3."
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.
The cable industry took a major step in the battle for Gigabit broadband supremacy with the announcement of its 10G Platform vision. The key to realizing this vision hinges on leveraging the right access technologies and network architectures to provide the best balance of benefit versus cost.
One network path has the MSO embracing Next-Generation Hybrid Fiber Coax (NG HFC), which includes:
Distributed Access Architecture (DAA)
Full Duplex DOCSIS (FDX)
Virtual Cable Converged Access Platforms (vCCAP)
Fiber-to-the-Home/Business (FTTH/B) is another network option, affording gigabit broadband scalability and 10Gbps service capability. How is an MSO to decide where which option works best and what to do now to prepare its networks for the onslaught of high-bandwidth residential and business applications?
During this webinar, Jack Burton, principal of Broadband Success Partners, outlines current and new access network architectures. Additionally, he will examine the facts and debunk some common misconceptions surrounding both fiber and NG HFC network deployment and maintenance.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Wi-Fi is the foundation of the connected home for consumers; yet, it’s often a source of frustration. With the imminent release of the new Wi-Fi 6 standard – combined with a strong Managed Wi-Fi offer – service providers can reverse subscriber frustration while tapping into new revenue streams.
Key topics include:
What’s different about Wi-Fi 6 and why it matters to your subscribers
The importance of offering Managed Wi-Fi and its connection to Wi-Fi 6
How you can elevate your brand and gain a strong foothold in the home network.