Nuthin’ but a G thang! A1 Telekom achieves 100Mbps via G.fast technology

16 Oct 2014

Together with its technology partner Alcatel-Lucent, A1 Telekom Austria has successfully demonstrated downlink data rates of more than 100Mbps via existing copper lines using the vendor’s G.fast solution. Currently, G.fast is still in the testing phase, but A1 anticipates the launch of commercial operations in 2016. The technology could potentially be rolled out to 400,000 households in Vienna alone; the telco has assessed that while new buildings are future-proofed with fibre-optic technology, in the case of old buildings rewiring only makes sense within the framework of a more comprehensive renovation, making G.fast a useful solution.

Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO of Telekom Austria Group, commented: ‘Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) remains our long term vision, but we consider G.fast as an intelligent interim solution until fibre [has] a similar [level of] coverage as we have with copper now.’

Austria, A1 Telekom Austria, Alcatel-Lucent