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Alcatel-Lucent, Chunghwa Telecom deploy G.fast

Alcatel-Lucent and Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan’s leading service provider, are to commence what they claim is the world’s first commercial deployment of G.fast ultra-broadband access technology, allowing the acceleration of ‘last mile’ connectivity to deliver ultra-fast fibre-like speeds to households everywhere.

Currently 68 per cent of homes in Taiwan enjoy broadband cable for Internet access. However, with growing demand for 4K TV and streaming HD video services, the need for ultra-broadband access is steadily increasing. To address this need, Chunghwa Telecom is conducting a nationwide roll-out of FTTx (fibre-to-the-premises) infrastructure to residential and business customers using a combination of fibre and copper technology. To accelerate these deployments and enable the delivery of near-gigabit speeds, Chunghwa Telecom will deploy Alcatel-Lucent’s GPON and G.fast technologies.

The combination of fibre and G.fast will enable Chunghwa Telecom to quickly provide fast broadband to tens of thousands of homes in Taiwan within two years, and also meet the country’s National Communications Commission plan to improve fixed broadband access in hard-to-reach residential locations. Chunghwa Telecom will launch ultra-broadband services using G.fast to the 8.4 million Taiwanese homes, low- and high-rise buildings in the fourth quarter of 2015.

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