The ITU has finalised its approval of the G.fast broadband standard, saying the technology offers operators the most efficient and cost-effective means of delivering fibre-like speeds within FTTdp architecture. 

G.fast is designed to deliver speeds of up to 1GBs over legacy copper broadband infrastructure within 400 meters of a distribution point. It works in tandem with existing VDSL2 technologies and can be deployed remotely by service providers, making it easy for operators to roll out and at lower cost.

The ITU said G.fast would help the provisioning of bandwidth-intensive services such as 4K/ 8K Ultra HD video streaming and next-generation IPTV services, as well as support advanced cloud-based storage and HD video communications.

It added that the technology would also serve the needs of SMEs and help provide backhaul solutions for small wireless cell sites and Wi-Fi hotspots.

Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, Secretary-General of the ITU, commented: “The time from G.fast’s approval to its implementation looks set to be the fastest of any access technology in recent memory. A range of vendors has begun shipping G.fast silicon and equipment, and service providers’ lab and field trials are well underway.”

The standard has been developed in accordance with the Broadband Forum’s FTTdp system architecture project, which aims to ensure G.fast can be easily integrated into FTTdp deployments.

The Forum is now developing a test suite and certification programme for G.fast systems, which is expected to enter a trial period in mid-2015.

Robin Mersh, CEO of the Broadband Forum, commented: “The Broadband Forum is working closely with the ITU to ensure compliance with the

G.fast standard and certify chipsets and equipment. We have already set our first plugfest for January 2015.”

G.fast has already undergone extensive testing with a number of operators.

In October, Telekom Austria said it was holding trials of G.fast ahead of a commerical launch in 2016.

The previous month, BT was forced to defend its investments in the technology after rivals voiced their commitment to FTTP at Huawei’s Ultra-Broadband Forum.

 

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