-- 12 customer trials - including those with A1 Telekom Austria and BT - demonstrate ability of G.fast to provide broadband services offering data speeds of up to 1 Gbps
AMSTERDAM, Oct. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Broadband World Forum 2014 - Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is launching a new ultra-broadband G.fast solution – to become available in the first quarter of 2015 – that will extend the company's comprehensive portfolio of very high-bandwidth fixed and wireless access technologies.
The new solution will allow operators to place fiber access closer to subscribers' homes, providing them with even faster Internet services as demand continues to grow, driven by the explosion in data and video.
The commercial launch follows 12 trials with operators, including A1, a subsidiary of Telekom Austria, in which a regular subscriber was connected in order to independently test G.fast in the field. This trial comes a year after Alcatel-Lucent and A1 conducted the first laboratory trial of G.fast with vectoring where they achieved speeds of 1.1 gigabit-per-second (Gbps).
Other trials have included BT and Orange. Eight more operator trials have been confirmed before the end of the year.
Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO of A1 and Telekom Austria Group said: "We want to provide our customers with the best possible ultra-broadband speeds at home. We were the first to trial G.fast using vectoring technology with Alcatel-Lucent a little over a year ago and we are pleased to take the lead with them again by demonstrating the first customer connection using G.fast."
Teresa Mastrangelo, founder of analyst firm Broadbandtrends, said: "In order to meet their customers' demands and regulatory objectives for high-speed broadband services, operators are increasingly turning to fiber-to-the-distribution point technologies. With its ability to provide fiber-like speeds without the time, cost and disruption associated with full fiber-to-the-home deployments, G.fast will have a significant role to play in operators' ultra-broadband strategies."
Federico Guillen, President of Alcatel-Lucent's Fixed Networks business said: "Quite simply, G.fast moves the goalposts thanks to its ability to provide fiber-like broadband speeds. The debate is no longer about copper versus fiber, as both technologies can provide what customers want. This means operators can expand their fiber footprints in the most efficient way, choosing between copper or fiber technologies for the final connection, to ensure no customer is left behind when it comes to getting ultra-broadband services."
About the solution
The new 7368 ISAM single-port G.fast Optical Network Terminal (ONT) accelerates the availability of fiber-like speeds without the need for operators to bring fiber all the way into the premises – the most costly and time consuming part of any fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployment. Instead, fiber can be drawn close to the home and G.fast used to deliver speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) over the existing telephone line into the premises. Alcatel-Lucent's G.fast ONT can also be deployed in a multiple-dwelling unit, with one ONT serving each household.
Customer trials use a multi-port G.fast solution using vectoring technology to eliminate the cross-talk interference that occurs when two or more copper lines are in close proximity, which adversely affects speeds. The multi-port G.fast solution will drive the evolution of Alcatel-Lucent's VDSL2 micro-node portfolio.
Copper technologies like G.fast are crucial for enabling service providers to expand their fiber footprint and bring ultra-broadband services to as many customers as possible, as quickly as possible. Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs recently demonstrated the real-world possibility for XG-FAST technology – which extends the possibilities of copper even further. Laboratory trials saw symmetrical speeds of 1 gigabit per second over 70 meters of copper.
- Internet page: G.fast: Clear a new path to ultra-broadband
- Infographic: History of the copper telephone line
- White Paper: The business case for VDSL2 vectoring, 30MHz vectoring and G.fast
- Telekom Austria press release: First Ultra-Broadband Customer in the World with G.fast
About Telekom Austria Group
Telekom Austria Group, listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange since November 2000, is the leading communications provider in Central and Eastern Europe with roughly 23 million customers across its markets of operations. The Group is currently operating in eight countries: Austria (A1), Bulgaria (Mobiltel), Belarus (velcom), Croatia (Vipnet), Slovenia (Si.mobil), the Republic of Serbia (Vip mobile) and the Republic of Macedonia (Vip operator), and Liechtenstein (Telecom liechtenstein). The total market of the eight countries covers approximately 41 million inhabitants. The Group has more than 16,000 employees as of June 30, 2014, Group revenues were roughly EUR 4.2 billion as of year-end 2013. Telekom Austria Group's portfolio encompasses products and services of voice telephony, broadband Internet, multimedia services, data and IT solutions, wholesale as well as m-payment solutions.
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