Although G.fast is quickly emerging as the answer to DSL service providers' question about how to deliver ultra-broadband services to large swathes of a nation's residential and business users, many operators remain unaware of the technology's array of benefits and use cases.
In a UBB2020 webinar, experts from ADTRAN, Huawei and Viavi will discuss how G.fast empowers network operators to deliver Gigabit speeds and drive toward a user-driven, on-demand service experience, as well as gain an edge over their competitors. The guest speakers on the webinar -- Stephanie Burris, product line manager for the Access Product Line at Viavi, Ronan Kelly, CTO, EMEA & APAC Region at ADTRAN, and Jack Zhu, director of Huawei Access Network -- will also will address new technological advances in G.fast and challenges such as copper impairments.
G.fast allows operators to deliver near fiber-like speeds over existing copper lines; cap costs by eliminating the need to extend fiber to all buildings; more easily support customers in remote or hard-to-serve areas, and get rid of the requirement to enter and rewire buildings, according to research firm Ovum.
By 2021, G.fast will support almost 29 million subscribers compared with about 330,000 in 2017, Ovum predicts.
Register for UBB2020's March 15 webinar, G.fast: Delivering on the Gigabit Promise , sponsored by ADTRAN, Huawei and Viavi.
During the webinar, executives will share three typical scenarios of G.fast deployments, including: FTTC, with a large capacity G.fast DSLAM; distribution point units (DPUs) installed in a manhole with remote power feed; and small DPU mounted on a pole or wall with reverse power feed.
The European Commission's aim for a Gigabit Society by 2025 is one of several factors encouraging service providers to leverage G.fast for higher speeds (100 Mbit/s across the continent), an upgrade path to Gigabit capabilities and the arrival of 5G standards and solutions. As a result, more operators are piloting or implementing G.fast.
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The March 15 webinar includes executives from ADTRAN, Huawei and Viavi.
By the end of March, for example, BT's access network division, Openreach, expects to complete deployment of G.fast to 138,000 customers in 17 regions across the United Kingdom. This implementation of 330Mbit/s-capable G.fast is a pilot for Openreach's plan for a full-scale, commercial rollout later this year that's projected to reach 10 million sites by 2020 and "most of the UK" by 2025, according to the service provider.
BT will use street cabinet "side pods" to protect its G.fast solutions, use copper lines and provide early users with a dedicated Huawei MT922 G.fast modem that an engineer must connect to an additional router. Eventually, BT expects users will be able to connect themselves, eliminating the cost and time associated with manual connections.
For its part, Swisscom intends to provide 85% of Swiss residential and business customers with access to broadband speeds of 100Mbit/s or more. G.fast is crucial to attaining this goal; Swisscom is rolling out fiber to the street (FTTS) and FTTB, bringing customers within 200 meters of fiber, then leveraging G.fast to cover the remaining distance.
During the UBB2020 webinar, speakers will share insight into deployment challenges and solutions, as well as topics including long reach versus high performance (212MHz, non-linear), G.fast compared with SuperVector (35b) and next-generation G.fast prototypes. They also will share new developments such as 212MHz, DTA and SD-Access.
— Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020. Follow us on Twitter @UBB2020 or @alisoncdiana.