Gee, that’s fast! Swisscom lines up 500Mbps G.fast upgrade

7 May 2015

Swiss fixed line incumbent Swisscom has announced plans to implement a G.fast upgrade on its network, boosting downlink speeds available to customers using fibre-to-the-street (FTTS) or fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) connections to 500Mbps. Swisscom completed field tests of the technology last month and is now ‘testing the new G.fast data transmission standard under real conditions for the first time and connecting the first test customers.’ The operator claims to be the first provider in Europe to allow customers to access the internet via the standardised G.fast chipset. Swisscom plans to begin a full scale rollout of the technology in 2016 and will use the rest of 2015 to optimise the technology for its network, in conjunction with its Chinese vendor partner, Huawei. Meanwhile, Swisscom is planning to connect more than 2.3 million homes and businesses to ultra-fast broadband networks and to that end has lined up investment of more than CHF1.75 billion (USD1.90 billion) for IT and network infrastructure in 2015.

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