Sckipio Technologies, an expert in G.fast, has successfully demonstrated G.fast at speeds greater than 500Mbps for 200 metres – double the official ITU targets for this new broadband standard. In laboratory trials with multiple broadband access service providers globally, Sckipio also achieved more than 200Mbps at 400 metres, again doubling the target distance for the given rate. These important test results will help widen the potential footprint for G.fast and help telecommunications companies better address new FCC regulations now being proposed in the U.S.
“G.fast was optimised to deliver up to 1Gbps in short distances,” said David Baum, CEO of Sckipio Technologies. “Yet, we tuned our technology to allow telcos to reach more customers with higher performance from farther away.”
The US government recently redefined broadband access as 25Mbps or greater – downgrading most xDSL subscribers to non-broadband status. While cable companies have access to technologies such as DOCSIS to achieve greater than 25Mbps performance, telcos have lacked affordable alternatives to fibre to the home (FTTH) and xDSL. That’s why the International Telecommunications Union (ITU-T) created a new standard called G.fast, which was approved in December 2014.
The Sckipio improvement of G.fast performance over distances such as 400 meters will open up more potential uses for G.fast in rural environments. It also will help in very dense environments like large cities where as many as 30 per cent per cent of all residences lack alternatives to cable operators.
The initial test results are preliminary and based upon lab evaluations over real binders. Sckipio expects additional performance improvements as the solution is further optimised.