Broadbandtrends recently release its latest Global Service Provider Survey: 2017 G.fast Deployment Strategies & Vendor Leadership.
Ultra-broadband copper technologies, such as G.fast, are breathing new life into the copper plant, offering faster speeds that will support the wide range of high-bandwidth applications on the horizon, while providing operators with a time to market alternative to FTTH – often at a fraction of the cost. G.fast (ITU-T G.9700/9701) is a fiber-to-the-distribution point (FTTdp) architecture offering up to 2 Gbps aggregate speeds on copper over very short loop lengths.
With aggregate speeds up to 2Gbps, G.fast is offering operators an opportunity to address both the competitive environment and time-to-market pressures, but it is the ability to offer these faster speeds that is the #1 key driver for operator interest in G.fast.
Operators appear to be tactical in their deployment over the next two years with much of the focus on MDU deployment; however, it is expected that emerging capabilities that have recently been approved in the G.fast standard, such as increased aggregate speeds, higher frequencies, longer loop lengths and larger DPU sizes – will be highly valued by operators.
Broadbandtrends’ Global Service Provider G.fast Deployment Strategies survey analyzes the results from interviews with 28 incumbent and competitive operators in all major regions, about their plans and deployment strategies for G.fast. The report provides a global overview of the results as well as commentary on any notable regional differences found in the results.
Key Questions Answered in this study includes the following:
What are operator timelines for the deployment of G.fast?
What are the key drivers for deployment of G.fast technology?
What are the top challenges/concerns related to the deployment of G.fast technology?
What are the expected shortest, average and longest loop lengths for G.fast deployment?
What are the average downstream/upstream speeds expected to be offered with G.fast?
Will operators offer symmetrical speeds over their G.fast Networks?
What are the top use cases for G.fast?
What is the deployment potential for each G.fast use case?
What is the average size for G.fast DPUs by use case?
Which backhaul technology is most likely to be used for the DPUs?
What are operator plans with respect to using Reverse Powering in a G.fast environment?
What percent of the network will be capable of supporting G.fast in 2017 and 2018?
How will operators implement Persistent Management Agent (PMA)?
Which emerging G.fast capabilities are most important to the deployment of G.fast?
Which vendors are perceived as leaders for G.fast Product Performance, G.fast Deployment Experience, Product Roadmap, Pricing, and Service & Support?
Vendors evaluated included: ADTRAN, Calix, DASANZhone, Huawei, Iskratel, KEYMILE, Nokia, ZTE, and ZyXEL.
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