ITU standardizes 1Gbps over copper, but services won't come until 2015

G.fast standard will open the door for 4K video over telephone wires

By , IDG News Service |  Networking

For example, in July Alcatel-Lucent and Telekom Austria completed the world's first trial of G.fast with vectoring using prototype equipment. The trial achieved a maximum speed of 1.1Gbps over 70 meters and 800Mbps over 100 meters over a single, good-quality cable, according to Alcatel-Lucent. On older, unshielded cables the trial managed 500Mbps over 100 meters on a single line, it said at the time. Since the performance has been improved by about 10 percent, according to Stefaan Vanhastel, marketing director for the Fixed Networks business at Alcatel-Lucent.

For Sckipio, the first-stage approval is the start of an intensive development period of production silicon that can be put in boxes, and used in the first commercial services by 2015.

"The complexity is in the modem ... The standard has got a lot in it, including the ability to do vectoring, handle large volumes of content and high frequencies. This is not a technology for the faint of heart," Weissman said.

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