nbn, the company overseeing the construction of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), has revealed that it will add G.fast to the list of technologies being used to provide customers with connectivity. The company aims to bring G.fast into its Multi Technology Model (MTM) in 2018, and claims that the initiative will ‘[pave] the way for ultra-fast speeds over lines on the [NBN]’. nbn previously trialled G.fast technology in October 2015, achieving downlink speeds of 600Mbps over a 20-year old stretch of 100 metre copper cabling, but will conduct further testing before a commercial launch takes place. Meanwhile, the company has also confirmed that its G.fast technology will be supplied by its three existing fixed broadband vendor partners Nokia, ADTRAN and Netcomm Wireless.
Commenting on the plans, JB Rousselot, nbn’s chief strategy officer, said: ‘Bringing G.fast technology to the [NBN] in 2018 again shows our commitment to being at the cutting edge of emerging technologies.’ The executive added that with its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) and HFC end-users already having the technology to support Gigabit services, adding G.fast would ultimately provide the upgrade path for those end users connecting via fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) or fibre-to-the-distribution-point (FTTdp) technology to receive Gigabit speeds.