G.fast standard ready by 2014: ITU

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said today G.fast has passed the first stage of approval and standards for the technology may be ready by 2014.

G.fast enables high-speed video and data transmission of more than one gigabit per second (Gbps) over copper for short distances. The standard delivers super-fast download at distances of up to 250 meters, eliminating the need for fibre cables to people’s homes and buildings.

Among the obvious applications are delivering streaming ultra-high definition TV movies for digital subscriber line (DSL) networks.

The upstream and downstream speeds of G.fast also makes it ideal for cloud-based storage and communicating with the use of HD videos.


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G.fast passed the first stage of ITU standards, which specify methods to minimize the risk of G.fast equipment interfering with broadcast services such as FM radio. This could pave the way for full approval by 2014, according to the ITU.

Earlier this month, telecom equipment company Alcatel Lucent and A1, the Australian subsidiary of Telecom Austria Group completed the world’s first trial of G.fast.

A maximum speeds of 1.1 Gbps was achieved over 70 metres, and 800 Mbps over 100 metres, over a single cable.

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