German regional telecoms operator NetCologne and Chinese equipment vendor ZTE Corporation have demonstrated download speeds of up to 1.6Gbps and upload rates of 200Mbps at the Angacom broadband exhibition in Cologne. The pair showcased ZTE’s G.fast@212MHz solution over a real network, which will enable NetCologne’s fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) access network to offer Gigabit speeds. ‘We are committed to supporting our partner NetCologne to migrate to gigabit internet services with cutting edge G.fast technologies. The demonstration of G.fast@212MHz solution at Angacom 2017 is another important milestone for both sides and a proof of the good cooperation we have,’ commented Sun Jie, managing director of ZTE Deutschland. G.fast technology will become available in NetCologne’s network this year and is expected to serve around 260,000 households; a precondition is that the respective building has a direct fibre-optic connection from the operator.
The demonstration follows on from the signing of a strategic partnership agreement between NetCologne, which is based in the greater Cologne-Bonn area, and ZTE in February 2017. The vendor is providing NetCologne with advanced network equipment including G.fast distribution point units (DPUs) and terminals. The multiports G.fast DPU supports G.fast@212MHz and flexible uplink selection among passive optical network/P2P/DSL technologies. ZTE will also assistt the operator in transitioning from its existing VDSL-based infrastructure to a G.fast network. With the 212MHz profile, NetCologne can provide access at speeds of almost 2Gbps, based on its existing copper source without requiring fibre reconstruction in the residential network.
Meanwhile, another German regional operator, M-net, has also premiered G.fast technology at the Angacom congress. The demonstration was carried out in cooperation with Huawei, which supplied the network components, and AVM, which provided the Fritzbox 7582 modem. By 2021 M-net and its majority shareholder Stadtwerke Munchen (SWM) are aiming to equip 70% of Munich’s homes and business with FTTB (corresponding to around 620,000 units).