G.Fast, 29 million users by 2021

G.Fast, the DSL standard for high-speed connections can be an important development channel to improve network access and user navigation. Europe has its sights firmly set on it, particularly Switzerland. According to Ovum, in 2021, 29 million users around the world will be covered by this technology.

G.Fast opportunities

Since 2014, the year in which G.Fast was given the go-ahead by the International Telecommunications Union, numerous governments and private companies have been looking with interest at this technology as a possible development route for high-speed Internet. It involves a DSL standard that ensures ultra broadband on copper-fibre, allowing users to take advantage of access to the network from a fixed position at 1 Gbps. In addition, thanks to its technical characteristics, it is easy to install especially within urban and rural centres.

2020 horizons

Ovum has published a report focusing on G.Fast which BT and National Broadband Network (Australia) were commissioned to implement. The analysis shows that by 2021, it is estimated that over 29 million homes and businesses will be covered by this DSL standard. This means that approximately 3% of worldwide Internet services will be delivered by G.Fast. A percentage that rises to 11% when looking at Europe alone, probably the most active continent along this development channel.

Switzerland at the forefront

One of the European countries working the most on the development of G.Fast, is Switzerland, particularly the telecom giant TLC Swisscom. The Swiss operator is the first on the old continent to offer ultra broadband services on this type of technology and states that it already serves this solution to thousands of customers. The challenge for other European operators has been set. Not surprisingly, Openreach has announced that by early 2017, “its” G.Fast will reach 140 thousand homes and offices.