BASE Athens: Gfast on the Rise
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BASE Athens: Gfast on the Rise

By Adar Eyal, Director of Business Development, EMEA, Sckipio

More than 250 visitors and nearly 40 presenters attended Broadband Forum’s BASE Athens. The conference focused on four major aspects of broadband access:

  • 5G wireline-wireless
  • Access and the Gigabit society
  • Broadband user services and ecosystem
  • Virtualization and management

Many presenters discussed how to make networks more efficient by means of virtualization, utilization of the cloud and converging access methods such as fixed and mobile access. However, there was great interest in Sckipio’s presentation, “Gfast is Ready for the Gigabit Era,” which was very well received.

To be successful, a Gfast solution must combine good performance (coverage) with the right level of CAPEX and OPEX. Some highlights from our presentation that move Gfast toward this requirement:

  • New innovations in Gfast provide access on par with fiber to the home (FTTH)
  • Gfast 212a delivers Gigabit capabilities in most fiber to the building (FTTB) scenarios
  • Collective Dynamic Time Assignment (cDTA) provides bandwidth on-demand, enabling more symmetric-like service
  • By utilizing bonding telcos can secure that 100% of the customers in the Gfast coverage area will get the committed rates
  • Cascading – the stacking of DPUs to enable efficient deployment – gives telcos flexibility to take an “add-as-you-grow” approach

Gfast is on the rise as we see more service operators in Europe, the US and beyond choosing Gfast to bring ultrafast broadband to customers, especially those previously underserved. According to a recent
Broadbandtrends survey, more than 80 percent of service providers have 2018 Gfast deployment plans and 27 percent are in live deployments. With continual innovation to extend coverage and deliver faster Gigabit speeds, Gfast is poised to continue its rise, enabling ubiquitous Gigabit access.