05 Feb Sckipio Challenges Usain Bolt to a Race
In response to the latest Sckipio announcement about the company’s amazing G.fast performance, The Register today wrote that Sckipio’s G.fast is slower than a Usain Bolt carrying a DVD over the same distance. Well, our honor has been challenged! Therefore, we challenge Mr. Bolt to a race.
First, a little background
G.fast is the next generation broadband access technology approved by the ITU late last year. G.fast is designed to save broadband operators over $500 billion in installation fees (which would be passed along to consumers) by using G.fast instead of fiber to the home.
Sckipio is the first G.fast company to show it can deliver 500Mbps over 200 meters and 200Mbps over 400 meters – which is twice the performance expected from G.fast standard and substantially faster than any human can run carrying a DVD – even the formidable Mr. Bolt.
In its article, The Register used a humorous, but spurious claim that the Sckipio G.fast performance doesn’t measure up to an Usain. According to them:
To measure an Usain, give champion sprinter Usain Bolt a DVD and make him run the equivalent distance. By Vulture South’s calculation, a 4GB DVD – that is, 32 gigabits – travelling 200 metres in 20 seconds is a data transfer rate of about 1.6Gbits/second.
Now, this is completely arbitrary. Of course, Usain could carry two DVDs or even a 64GB USB flash drive in his hand. He could even hide one in his sock. Yet, I think both he (and all consumers) would prefer G.fast over the insanely fast Usain.
What’s wrong with this comparison?
- People don’t live on race tracks. Consumers live in apartment buildings, condos and single family homes. A large portion of the world’s population lives in shared buildings. In many cases, these buildings are vertical and not horizontal. Therefore, Mr. Bolt needs to run vertically up the stairs instead of on a race track. We guess this will impact his speed dramatically. We wonder what Vulture South projects is Mr. Bolt’s vertical speed. We guess it is more like 800 Mbps instead of 1.6Gbps or even slower.
- G.fast is designed for multiple users. The Usain only compares one user getting one large file via a DVD. This isn’t the real scenario with G.Fast. In actuality, 16 users will get UHD TV concurrently. That means Mr. Bolt needs to deliver multiple DVDs to multiple residences (16) concurrently. That means instead of him achieving 1.6 Gbps in speed, he will be handling 100Mbps per residence. This doesn’t include the time to knock on the door, deliver the DVD, thank the consumer and get the DVD loaded into the player. G.fast from Sckipio’s current reference designs will deliver 2.4Gbps out to these 16 subscribers concurrently. No waiting for the DVD, no loading them into the player. Simply launch Netflix and away you go. In fact, each Sckipio G.fast DPU chip can handle up to 4Gbps or 800Mbps per line for 200 meters – about equal to Mr. Bolt traveling on a race track.
- G.fast doesn’t get tired. Unlike humans, G.fast requires no rest. It is designed to be deployed for decades and will run non-stop without fail. The Sckipio G.fast solution has built in mechanisms to help it overcome any issues that might interrupt the broadband service.
- G.fast is much less costly. Mr. Bolt makes about $38 per second (his annual income is greater than $20M/year). For the 20 seconds, he will travel, the cost is about $760. Most consumers would be unwilling to pay such a fee. G.fast is the lowest cost per megabit delivered and assuming a service price of $100/month, the same 20 seconds would cost about 4 cents.
- G.fast scales. The real world is larger than one DVD coming to one residence. Mr. Bolt is a special person and no one can run like him. But human cloning is still illegal. While Sckipio is likewise special in the G.fast industry and is has been the fastest to market and delivers the fastest G.fast solutions, the company is already commercially manufacturing chipsets. This means that many users will be able to achieve better-than-Usain speeds without being limited by the number of Usains there are in the world.
- Where would he get the DVD? What is the Register’s hypothesis? Will Mr. Bolt travel to the Blockbuster store? Wait in line? Pay and then travel back? There aren’t many of these stores left. We are nearly certain Mr. Bolt would rather sit in front of his Ultra HDTV, drink a Gatorade and let G.fast do its work without him running from apartment to apartment trying to continuously supply rich media content to subscribers around the world.
Mr. Bolt, we are sorry to drag you into this, but blame The Register. If you’d like to race, we’re ready. And we’ll win.