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G.Fast: The Next Generation Broadband Solution that Makes Sense

G.fast: The Next Generation Broadband Solution that Makes Sense

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 Delays

In 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.Google Fiber 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

Fast Installation

Last mile installations occur between the distribution point and the home. In many cases, telecoms have already installed copper between those points. Why not make use of it for Broadband?cord-icon G.fast is an Ultrahigh Bandwidth technology. It replaces the SHDSL, ADSL and VDSL at the distribution point. That means no re-cabling is necessary between the distribution point and the home or building. Currently devices of up to 24 ports are available, but companies like ADTRAN and Sckipio are looking to double if not triple port capacity for easy expansion.

Inexpensive Setup

Fiber optic cabling can cost anywhere from $1 to $6 per foot depending on fiber count.money-icon But, the cabling cost is only one part of the picture. Even if the cabling itself was free, the project of installing it could still cost more than using existing copper cables. After all, you’d still need to hire technicians to run the cables from the distribution point to each endpoint. And with the addition of ports at the distribution point, this type of installation is fast becoming more and more expandable. This will allows providers to keep up with the increasing demands of growing communities.

Low Temperature Solution

Since G.fast is a low power solution, it is a cool solution.temp-icon Since it doesn’t produce damaging high temperatures, metals and other components tend NOT to break down over time and weaken device efficiency. Less maintenance keeps costs down, which hopefully translates to less money spent by providers, and lower bills for consumers. Further, lower power-usage and heat-production means that manufacturers can further reduce the footprint of enclosures themselves. That allows for more connection points per device.

Adaptable Distribution Points

These innovations are fast becoming a reality, as ADTRAN and Sckipio are already introducing waterproof Distribution Point technologies.water-icon As one might imagine, waterproof enclosures means installers will enjoy far greater flexibility when considering location and placement. This includes placing units underground. Flooding and other weather extremes do not impair the operation of G.fast distribution point components. Removing that barrier to install can dramatically speed up the time-to-market for these installations. Last but not least, this further reduces cost for both installers and consumers.

Riding the G.fast Wave

Installers wanting to ride the G.fast wave will definitely want to get up to speed sooner rather than later. According to Ronan Kelly of ADTRAN, the training window is much shorter than other technologies including Vectored VDSL. So that’s yet another benefit. Incidentally, G.fast supports much longer loops than earlier technologies. Developers are seeing up to 400, 500, and even 600 meters. That flexibility will allow installers room to adapt cabinet placement to each unique proximity. If you’d like to know more about this exciting new technology, stay tuned. We will be providing more in the coming months.
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Google Fiber Brings Low-Cost Internet to Kansas City

Google Fiber just announced that it will give low-income families in Kansas City, the opportunity to receive symmetrical 25 Mbps broadband services for $15/month. 25 Mbps just happens to meet FCC’s recently raised minimum broadband threshold. Internet service offerings below the 25 Mbps rate do not qualify as broadband. Kansas City residents also have the option of receiving 100 Mbps service packages for $50/month. Google Fiber also offers a 1Gbps service option and even a television service package. Google Fiber is a Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) service currently deployed in Kansas City, as well as other cities including Provo, Utah and Austin, Texas. The announcement as noted by Fierce Telecom, comes shortly after Google Fiber announced that it will no longer be providing free 5 Mbps services. The service will become available on May 19 and the best part about it for customers is that Google does not require them to sign up for contracts. Customers who do cancel their service are held responsible for returning their equipment no later than 21 days or Google will charge them for replacement fees. Prospective customers in the area can input their address on Google’s Website to verify if they qualify for Google Fiber services.how-to-get-fiber

Why does Kansas City get to have Google Fiber?

Google opened its applications for Google Fiber in 2010 and collected a pool of nearly 1,100 interested communities. Kansas City boasts a population of approximately 2,428,362 and the lucky city got chosen to receive the enviable fiber service packages. Milo Media, Google’s Vice President of Access Services comments that Kansas City was chosen due to the company’s perceived ability to be able to build “quickly and efficiently”. Fiber deployment is an intrusive medium to deploy in communities, and a large part of the reason that Kansas City was chosen was due to the city’s promise to Google that it would stay out of the way. Forbes comments that “the city officials promised to get out of the media giant’s way. They didn’t dangle tax breaks, but they did deliver access to public rights of way, expedite the permitting process, offer space in city facilities and provide assistance with marketing and public relations.” The city’s agreement to not interfere with Google’s Fiber deployment played a key role. Click here to learn more about how Google Fiber seems to be choosing the cities for their Google Fiber rollout. Receive a Complementary Consultation   Google Fiber as an access provider seems like a dream to consumers with its killer broadband speeds at affordable rates. Google Fiber service packages make it difficult for local telecom providers to offer competitive service packages. But it’s also stimulating Fiber cable deployment. CNN notes that when Google Fiber launched its service available for the residents of Austin Texas, AT&T announced its intention to build a gigabit network in the city shortly after. When it comes to power, there’s no company that comes close to the amount of power it has on its users with such a monopoly on their personal data. But Google’s innovation seems to be ethically grounded with its many seemingly unrelated but innovative side projects such as the self-driving car and Google Loon—a project that grants Internet access to remote regions of the world. But Elon Musk is another ethical company that’s exploring new ways to bring affordable internet to the masses using microsatellites. Click here to learn more about how Elon Musk plans to bring “Unfettered internet access for the masses” at a very low cost”. Check Out Our Networking Gear   
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