Faster is on its way

Sckipio G.Fast & FTTdp Architecture

Nothing makes us happier at s2s than hearing about new broadband options for our customers. When most people think of broadband they think of Fiber or Cable. Most businesses can’t get Fiber and Cable (or they have prohibitive construction or monthly recurring costs) so they are stuck with DSL. While DSL was the broadband darling for over a decade, today’s bandwidth needs for businesses are larger than ever and only increasing with time. DSL was an important revolution years ago because there was so much copper infrastructure that could be repurposed from phone lines to high speed internet connectivity. However, over time, Cable TV and therefore Cable Internet with its speed packages of 50-100Mbps have become more en vogue and required for any self-respecting business. What stops everybody from getting their hands on this precious bandwidth is dollars and cents. The United States is a large place and running fiber and cable under streets, over rivers and through the woods takes a lot of capital investment – nevermind the additional cost to get it into the walls of your building. Companies have tried to stretch out the life of these plentiful copper lines with services such as Ethernet over Copper and FTTN products that use fiber to a node and then DSL to the premise making for a shorter and therefore faster loop. All of these products though pale in comparison to DOCSIS 3.1 multi-megabit cable speeds and gigabit fiber speeds. Something new is needed or else the copper infrastructure will be obsolete.

Luckily, the next revolution of copper phone lines is upon us. Israeli chip design startup, Sckipio, has engineers that worked on many of the previous signaling standards and helped in designing the new G.Fast standard. G.Fast is a new protocol that Sckipio showcased at this year’s CES to demonstrate 750Mbps to 2Gbps speeds with one or two shielded twisted pair cables at various loop lengths. Similar to the FTTN concept, a Sckipio DPU unit would be connected to a node’s fiber backhaul within 250-500 meters of the endpoints, but rather than V.DSL or ADSL to customer, it would be G.Fast using Sckipio modems as the termination device. Sckipio says that they are testing the technology out in several cities across the globe and should debut in the United States later this year. Looks like 4K TV for everyone! Check out Sckipio’s resources web page for more details and presentations.

How can s2s Communications connect you with G.Fast and all other transports as soon as they are available? Click here to find out how.