G.Fast Promises Near Gigabit Speeds Over Copper Wire

A recent technology breakthrough brings with it the promise of near gigabit speed Internet service over your current coaxial or phone line. The company behind this state of the art technology expects to make it available this year. Whether it actually arrives in consumers’ homes by 2017 remains to be seen, but current Internet providers, like AT&T, are very interested in the product.

If you live in an area without current access to gigabit service, will G.Fast help put you in the 21st Century Internet fast lane?

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What follows is a closer look at this new Internet technology.

G.Fast Developed by Israeli Company Sckipio

The G.Fast technology was developed by an Israeli company called Sckipio. Leveraging a technique known as dynamic bandwidth allocation, G.Fast boasts upload and download speeds of 750 Mbps. Although, according to a CNN article, recent tests of the product didn’t reach that speed for uploads; only downloads were clocked that high.

Still, most Internet users depend on fast download speeds for streaming HD and 4K movies or playing online games. Near gigabit upload speeds aren’t much of a concern, unless a customer needs to upload or stream their own 4K videos. But this is a reason ISPs feel more customers will demand gigabit-level upload service over the new few years.

AT&T’s Hopes for G.Fast Technology

Dynamic bandwidth allocation uses a process like its name describes. Internet bandwidth — both upstream and downstream — is manipulated in real time which greatly boosts speeds. This enhanced speed works with the chipsets currently in use by modems, but the next generation chipset family is expected to double that speed to 1.5 Gbps in each direction. Needless to say, AT&T is taking notice.

“With dynamic bandwidth allocation, we believe AT&T can offer up to 750Mbps in both downstream and upstream performance over coax with today’s chipsets. In the next generation G.Fast chipsets, we should be able to double that target; achieving as much as 1.5Gbps in each direction,” said Eddy Barker, Assistant VP of Technical Design & Architecture at AT&T.

AT&T feels the G.Fast product would pair nicely with their DirecTV service in locations where GigaPower isn’t available. It would be interesting to note whether or not the success of the newer technology changes the company’s plans for further GigaPower expansion. It is obviously a more cost effective solution as no fiber needs to be put in the ground to get those speeds into your home.

Sckipio expects G.Fast to debut later this year with a trial market and ISP still to be determined. Get your HTML5 speed tests ready to run!