Swtizerland’s leading service provider, Swisscom claims to be the first European service provider to commercially launch G-fast technology. After a more than four-year project phase, Swisscom aims to apply the new transmission standard across the country as part of the regular Fibre to the Street (FTTS) expansion, says the press release issued by the company. Swisscom claims to have connected around 2.2 million households by leveraging this latest fiber technology.
The technology will allow Swisscom to quickly and cost-effectively provide high transmission speed of up to 500 Mbps. The company is working with Huawei for this project to develop specific solutions for the Swiss market.
Swisscom had already provided the first pilot customers worldwide with the final standard of G.fast and thereby gathered key insights for its further development in spring 2015. Since September 2016, only G.fast-compatible 16-port hardware has been used for the Switzerland-wide FTTS expansion. With FTTS, fibre-optic cables are laid up to a distance of around 200 metres from the building. The existing copper cable infrastructure was used for the remaining distance. In 2017, the transmission standard will also be integrated into 48-port hardware as well as into the Fibre to the Building (FTTB) expansion.
G.fast allows Swisscom to reach transmission speeds of up to 500 Mbps. This is made possible through the use of a higher frequency spectrum on copper cables. The technology is gaining traction all across the world and the recent research by Ovum suggests that it will reach 29 million by 2021.
Swisscom is investing around CHF 1.8 billion ($1.8bn) in its IT and infrastructure in 2016. In total, Swisscom connected more than 3.3. million homes and offices with ultra-fast broadband by the end of June 2016 – of which more than 2.2 million were with the latest fibre-optic technologies. The phrase “the latest fibre-optic technologies” is used by Swisscom to refer to fibre-optic technologies, such as Fibre to the Curb (FTTC) with vectoring, Fibre to the Street (FTTS), Fibre to the Building (FTTB) and Fibre to the Home (FTTH).
In the medium to long term, Swisscom intends to modernise the fixed broadband network in all Swiss municipalities. By doing so, 85% of all Swiss households and businesses will benefit from a bandwidth of at least 100 Mpbs by the end of 2020. In terms of broadband coverage, according to the latest Akamai Report, Switzerland takes the top spots across Europe and worldwide, and is No. 1 in Europe for high bandwidth coverage (>10 Mbps).