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June 14, 2017 by Craig Thomas

Is G.fast a Tactical or Strategic Technology?


New technologies often arrive with the promise to enhance or improve quality of business. That’s the case with G.fast – an exciting new broadband technology that promises gigabit services. With extensive G.fast deployments across the world, we know today’s deployments can be both tactical as well as part of a long-term strategy.

When deploying G.fast is the only solution to beat the competition and time to market is critical, it can be leveraged as a tactical tool. When it’s just one part of a larger gigabit service offering over a hybrid copper and fiber network, G.fast can be part of a strategic business plan that addresses critical service or business objectives.

G.fast is one of the fastest growing new technologies being deployed by service providers today. Moving fast is essential since losing subscribers to competition is obviously an undesirable alternative. Service providers cannot spend valuable time integrating numerous G.fast platforms that may have totally disparate management systems and can cause lengthy OSS/BSS integration delays.

Investing in a solution that is built on a Software Defined Access platform and aligns with both short-term speed to market, but also completely integrates with anySDN™ is a vital strategic consideration. Especially when the software platform is consistent from one form factor or deployment footprint to the next.

MDU and DPU deployments represent a vast increase in the number of managed network elements. But they also take different forms and often require different mechanical options. To solve the complexity this can generate, G.fast is proving to be a major catalyst to move to an underlying software platform like AXOS, the world’s only true SDA. This allows more flexible provisioning of always-on services, faster and simpler.    

CenturyLink shared details of their software delivery platform vision in a recent Fierce Telecom article. They are deploying G.fast, both tactically inside MDUs, and while also looking towards a long-term strategic direction. Frank Miller, CenturyLink’s vice president of architecture, said, “The key is that the amount of IT time and development required was minimal, we weren’t dealing with legacy IT infrastructure, but rather software.”

Is G.fast a tactical or strategic technology?  The answer is yes!