First G.fast-certified devices to appear in 20152014-10-22 16:15 by Daniela
The development of the latest DSL standard G.fast is now a step ahead after the Broadband World Forum announced yesterday that it has selected the University of New Hampshire InterOperablity Laboratory (UNH-IOL) to test and certify products designed for G.fast deployment. The lab has more than 25 years' experience and major testing facilities.
G.fast is expected to support up to 1Gbps speeds for local copper loops shorter than 820 feet, making it a potentially cheaper alternative to fiber for connecting into businesses and homes that are consuming and creating ever more bandwidth-greedy content.
"G.fast is essentially a 'fibre to the periphery' solution," said Broadband Forum CEO Robin Mersh. "It depends on bringing fibre closer to the customer typically to within 20 to 200 metres, depending on the deployment scenario. G.fast is set to be very important, particularly as service providers look to provide services such as IPTV at 500 to 1000 Mbps."
"Operators have told us that interoperability will be key to the success of G.fast, so we are developing test plans based on their requirements, which UNH-IOL will certify based on those plans," Mersh added.
"Our goal is to begin initial testing of G.fast products during the first half of 2015 and deliver the first certifications during the second half of the year," said Lincoln Lavoie, senior engineer of broadband technologies at UNH-IOL.
To show the real-world potential of G.fast for delivering high-speed broadband over existing copper lines, at the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam, the company Sckipio Technologies yesterday demonstrated the first commercial G.fast chipset connecting at rates of up to 700Mbps on 16 ports simultaneously. The demo can be seen at Stand E60 within the Broadband Forum Interoperability Pavilion.
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