15 Apr Lessons from Oceania: G.fast is Worth a Look
For its part, New Zealand is turning to G.fast to augment its national ultra broadband projects. That’s both exciting and interesting because just months ago G.fast was not even a remote possibility as government demanded widespread adoption of fiber to the home (FTTH). Today, after many problems with its FTTH plans, Australia wants less expensive options for its National Broadband Network (NBN). Australia’s Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull is seriously considering G.fast to achieve the required 100 Mbps broadband speed for Australians nationwide.
Why G.fast now?
- FTTH simply is not a feasible option to deploy ultra broadband to all New Zealand and Australia residents cost effectively.
- G.fast utilizes the twisted copper pairs found in existing phone lines and can deliver speeds up to 1 Gbps; it can be deployed in half the time it takes to lay fiber. Moreover, it’s less costly and less disruptive than laying fiber as it does not require egress into the user’s home.
- New backhaul G.fast technology from Siklu and Sckipio are making G.fast viable for multi-dwelling units in urban areas – which has been a major sticking point for FTTH.
- G.fast was already ratified by the ITU, and there are field deployments in the works for 2015 and ready commercial deployment at the end of 2015.
- In their campaign promises, elected officials in both New Zealand and Australia promised high-speed broadband. Now is the time to deliver on these promises and FTTH can’t be deployed quickly enough.
Lesson learned in Oceania? Countries should not and cannot depend solely on FTTH. New Zealand and Australia are ahead of the game, and they’ve come to that conclusion. President Obama should take note and include G.fast as part of his broadband initiative. G.fast is not just for Oceania. America needs it too, especially in urban areas where ultra broadband access is a mere dream. G.fast can make it a reality.