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.
As broadband providers like AT&T, Comcast, Google Fiber and others compete to bring 1 Gbps and higher speeds into more U.S. communities, the need for a somewhat futureproof solution to consumer and business demand is growing. These providers need to take a look at G.fast, which can accelerate broadband over existing copper pairs, a research analyst said.
FairPoint Communications, keen to get a piece of the emerging small cell wireless backhaul and services market being fueled by major wireless operators like Sprint and Verizon, is doing an about-face on dark fiber.
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.
Comcast plans to bring its DOCSIS 3.1-enabled gigabit broadband services to five markets this year, boosting a challenge to AT&T's ongoing FTTH program.
Deutsche Telekom and Nokia's subsidiary Alcatel-Lucent claimed they delivered 10 Gbps over existing copper wiring during a lab trial using XG-Fast technology at the end of 2015.
AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Equinix, SK Telecom and Verizon have joined the Open Compute Project (OCP) in an effort to drive the organization's new Telco Project focused on data center technologies.
Sprint recently said during its fourth quarter earnings call that it would be using a mix of 2.5 GHz spectrum and dark fiber for small backhaul-- a move that could potentially benefit various competitive wireline carriers who have aggressively built out fiber networks in anticipation of the emerging small cell backhaul trend.
Verizon has become the latest major service provider to join ONOS (Open source SDN Network Operating System), an organization for service providers and networks and a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project.
Mediacom has put the network elements together to deliver a gigabit-speed broadband service throughout its Columbia and Jefferson City markets in Missouri.