As Tier 1 telcos move forward with their G.fast plans, the real test will be when these carriers roll out service on a broader scale beyond the lab and limited field trials being conducted today.
BT may be one of the early providers to go public about G.fast trials for consumers, but its recent lab trial to deliver a Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) cellular network service over copper shows that the technology has other potential uses.
AT&T's interest in using G.fast as a way to extend broadband services where it can't build a business case to bring fiber directly to a home could spell opportunity for Adtran, one of the telco's key broadband infrastructure suppliers.
BT is on track with its G.fast trials, serving its own customers and eight of its competitive carrier provider customers via its Openreach division. But the service provider is still weighing how it can make an investment case for a broader deployment.
BT has confirmed that it is testing Adtran's 500G fiber-to-the-distribution-point (FTTdp) platform as part of its G.fast trial taking place in over 2,000 premises in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.
Adtran reported that fourth-quarter company sales were $139 million, down year-over-year from $143 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. But the company says it will see a rise in cable operator and telco spending on 1 Gbps and related broadband networks in upcoming quarters.
EATEL, one of the early FTTH adopters, is leveraging Adtran's last-mile platform to deliver its 1 Gbps service while putting together a foundation to migrate to NG-PON.
The third-quarter 2015 earnings reporting season has begun, and FierceTelecom is tracking how key players in the wireline telecom industry including AT&T, Centurylink, Verizon and others performed.
Adtran's third quarter 2015 revenue dropped to $158 million compared to $160 million in the second quarter of 2015. However, the company's net income was up to $7 million compared to $2.5 million in the second quarter.
BT Openreach said that if its latest G.fast trial in Huntingdon is successful and if Ofcom regulation is favorable towards new investments it will deploy the technology over the next two years as a complement to its fiber-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) services.