February 21, 2018 by Teresa Mastrangelo

Help Us, Help You! Take the Latest Broadbandtrends G.fast Survey


For the last five years, Broadbandtrends has conducted its Annual Ultra Broadband Survey on G.fast Deployment strategies, which seeks to fully understand the value proposition of G.fast to you – the world’s broadband operators.

G.fast has attracted the attention of a growing chorus of broadband operators across the globe, as it enables them to both position their networks for the future (deeper fiber deployment) while continuing to leverage the existing infrastructure – particularly the last few hundred meters – in a cost-effective and competitive manner.

For many broadband operators, the ability to offer gigabit broadband services is the golden ticket to customer retention and higher revenues. And while Fiber-to-the-Home is often the preferred long-term strategy; competition and time to market constraints can make this challenging.

The latest addition to the copper technology portfolio – G.fast – is meant to help bridge the gap between DSL and FTTH deployments - enabling operators to offer FTTH-like speeds where fiber is not currently available or time to market is of high importance in a competitive environment.

Although G.fast deployments remain in an early deployment stage, this technology is proving to be the preferred choice for offering gigabit broadband services to MDUs, as it eliminates many of the issues found with FTTH deployments such as the variety of building types, access to the riser, centralized versus distributed closets, and overall construction costs.

Recent enhancements to the specification, such as support for 212MHz and coaxial cable have proven to be attractive characteristics of G.fast that are allowing it to be another tool a broadband operators’ toolkit of solutions to enable 1Gbps broadband services.

And there’s more!

Although still in the proposal stage with the ITU-T Study Group 15 – a new recommendation – Multi-Gigabit Fast Access to Subscriber Terminals (G.mgfast)  - could theoretically offer aggregate data speeds of 10Gbit/s per cable at 848MHz or 5Gbit/s at 424MHz.

The anticipated use case for this new approach is predominantly focused towards backhaul applications for small cells, Wi-Fi infrastructure, and other 106 or 212MHz G.fast DPUs.

6th Annual Ultra Broadband Survey on G.fast Deployment Strategies

Our 6th Annual Ultra Broadband Survey on G.fast Deployment strategies seeks to validate these claims to fully understand the value proposition of G.fast to broadband operators.

If you are evaluating, planning to deploy, or currently deploying G.fast in your networks, we would like to request your participation in this survey. 

A few important items: 

  1. We do not profile individual companies. 
  2. All data will be merged and averaged with the other respondents' data and reported in aggregate form only so that no details can be attributed to your firm in any manner.
  3. Company data/results from this survey will not be made available to outside entities, and we do not sell or otherwise give out the contact information of our respondents.
  4. This survey should take approximately 8-10 minutes to complete, and we are requesting completion by March 2. 2018.
  5. The survey may be accessed via the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018gfast
  6. All participants that complete this survey will receive the complete report upon publication at the end of March 2018.

Data from this survey will be presented at the upcoming Broadband Forum's Broadband Access Summit Event (BASE) in late March. 

Broadbandtrends thanks you in advance for your consideration and (hopefully!) your participation in helping us better understand the market opportunity for G.fast.

And stay tuned to the Calix Blog for more industry perspectives from Broadbandtrends throughout 2018.