Global G.fast connections will reach 29 million by 2021, representing 3% of the world’s fixed broadband market, predicted Ovum in a recent report.
Though G.fast is expected to enter commercial service only by 2017, Ovum predicts that nearly 11% of broadband services in Western Europe may be delivered by G.fast within the next five years. G.fast can support speeds of hundred of megabits per second over very short copper cables. The technology is appropriate for support futuristic technologies, such as Internet of Things (IoT), augmented reality, Virtual Reality and 5G. The report was commissioned by British Telecom and NBN and Australia’s state-owned broadband wholesaler NBN.
“This report shows the potential that G.fast has for delivering ultrafast broadband services in the global market,” said NBN’s chief technology officer Dennis Steiger, in a statement. The company first trialled G.fast in 2015 and recently announced plans to roll out fibre-to-the-curb 700,000 premises. It plans to deploy G.fast in the coming year.
On the other hand, BT plans to use a combination of G.fast and Fibre-to-the-premises to deliver ultrafast broadband to 12 million premises by the end of 2020.
“The great thing about G.fast is that it allows us to deliver affordable ultrafast speeds to customers quickly and at scale,” said Clive Selley, CEO of BT’s infrastructure arm Openreach. “We have pioneered G.fast in our labs, driven the global standards, and have been working closely with our communications provider customers on the trials, so we’re very excited that its time to start rolling this technology out nationwide.”
Besides BT and NBN, Deutsche Telekom, Telekom Austria, Swisscom and Proximus are some of the other operators who are planning to roll out G.fast.
“G.fast is a progressive and logical step for any network operator looking to deliver ultrafast speeds through incremental enhancements to existing infrastructure,” said Matthew Howett, practice leader, regulation and policy, at Ovum.