Alcatel-Lucent and Chunghwa Telecom begin world’s first commercial G.fast deployment

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G.fast is hailed as being the next step for broadband technology; despite making use of existing copper infrastructure. The innovation, created by Alcatel-Lucent's renowned Bell Labs research arm, has seen trials with operators around the world – but Chunghwa Telecom has become the first to a commercial G.fast deployment. 

Mu-Piao Shih, President of Chunghwa Telecom said: “We have made great strides in proactively improving our broadband network service in recent years, and we are pleased to become the first G.fast commercial broadband service provider in the world." 

He continued: "With Alcatel-Lucent’s G.fast technology we will be well equipped to launch a ultra high-speed network service toward the end of this year and offer our customers the highest broadband service experience, thereby solidifying our leadership in the fiber optics broadband service market ranging from 100Mbps to 1Gbps.” 

What makes G.fast exciting is the possible speed advantages without the need to rollout costly new infrastructure. In trials, G.fast has reached close to Gigabit-per-second transfer speeds. Chungwa Telecom is using a combination of fiber and copper technology for its nationwide rollout of FTTP (Fiber-to-the-Premises) through Alcatel-Lucent's GPON and G.fast technologies. 

Ken Wu, President and Managing Director of Alcatel-Lucent Taiwan, said: "At the end of last year, Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent launched the technology to upgrade the transmission speed of traditional copper telephone lines to 10Gbps. This year, the Taiwanese market has already rapidly introduced the latest technology and launched commercial services ahead of other markets to enable the consumers in Taiwan to experience CHT’s G.Fast ultra-high-speed broadband service." 

He continued: "Today we are happy to see Chunghwa Telecom take a pioneering role and become the world’s first operator to deploy it commercially. By adding our G.fast technology to its portfolio, Chunghwa Telecom can better meet the demands of any deployment scenario to quickly and cost-effectively connect customers with the highest speeds in a highly competitive market.” 

Chunghwa Telecom is looking to supply ultrafast broadband access to tens of thousands of homes in Taiwan over the next couple of years, as well as meeting the country's National Communications Commission plan to improve fixed broadband access in rural locations. Through utilising fiber, along with the vast amount of existing copper infrastructure, G.fast will help Chunghwa Telecom meet this demand. 

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