Broadband costs have been rising. Many consumers find themselves wondering "how is it that Broadband Service providers can promise me sign-on packages of below $100 per month for bundled service, and in 2-years time charge upwards to $200 for the same service?" Part of the reason, is that in most locations these providers already have cabling in place. All they really need to do is “flip the switch.” Yet, your monthly bill more than doubles in a couple of years for the same service. It hardly seems fair. After all, if your Bundled Services aren’t expanding in alignment with your increasing bill, where exactly does all of your hard earned cash go? One major place to look, is the upcoming switch to Ultrafast. To qualify as “Ultrafast,” a network needs to attain speeds of up to 300Mbps. In order to deliver this, Tier 1 companies are necessarily pushing to upgrade their infrastructure. Costs for the upgrades, however, are mushrooming. Telecoms need capital to “restring” the last mile. This home-stretch is called Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH), and as it turns out, fiber optic is costing more than many originally estimated. So, users are ending up having to pick up the tab in the form of higher monthly service rates. One example, Time-Warner Cable added an additional $840 to customer bills (per household) in 2015. Stretched out over 12 months is about $70 additional dollars per home. $100 becomes $170 and before you know it with tax, bills are cresting near $200 per month. But cost isn’t the only thing affected by the fiber optic infrastructure improvements. The process is also taking a lot of time.
Time DelaysIn recent years, entities like Google have slowed their Fiber installations. “Google builds these networks out on an on-demand basis: Installation only begins once a neighborhood (or “fiberhood” as the company calls them) has passed a certain signup threshold,” explained John Paul Titlow, a writer for Fast Company. So, in this instance customers do not get upgrades at all unless enough people sign up. There has to be an easier way to achieve ultrafast broadband. And there is. Enter G.fast. G.fast is great news for consumers. It solves the fiber optic problem by using existing copper infrastructure and can thus deliver ultrafast broadband in a lot less time and at a lower cost. Here’s why you should be excited about G.fast:
- Faster to install than fiber optic
- Far less expensive to install, which lowers utility costs, so customers are more inclined to opt for service
- Low Temp deployment avoids long-term maintenance problems
- Distribution points readily adaptable to differing physical conditions