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Frontier Gets Going With G.fast

Teams with Nokia to deliver fiber-like speeds via copper to multiple-dwelling units 5/26/2017 9:24 AM Eastern

Frontier Communications is joining the small but building G.fast wave by deploying the technology to some apartments and multi-dwelling units across Connecticut.

G.fast is a new standard that can help ISPs extend the life of DSL networks and position them to deliver 1-Gig speeds without FTTP upgrades while also giving them access to technology that can compete more directly with the performance of cable’s widespread DOCSIS networks.

RELATED: ITU Stamps G.fast

Frontier and Nokia said they’ll deliver “fiber-like speeds” to buildings targeted by the G.fast platform.

"Nokia's field-proven G.fast solution will help Frontier quickly bring ultra-broadband access to customers by using the existing copper twisted-pair wiring that is often found in apartment buildings,” Steve Gable, Frontier’s EVP and CTO said in a statement.” Without it, we'd have to drill holes and pull fiber into each apartment unit we serve, a time-consuming and challenging process that can be frustrating for customers. Nokia's solution allows us to deliver new enhanced services without ever having to enter the place of residence."

RELATED: Windstream Brings G.fast to MDUs

Nokia said it has completed G.fast trials with more than 40 customers and is involved in commercial deployments with 10 partners, including Openreach, Chunghwa Telecom, A1 Telekom Austria and Energia Communications.

Of recent note, Windstream teamed up with Calix to deploy G.fast to MDUs in Lincoln, Neb. Last year, U.K. telecom BT said it was delivering up to 330 Mbps in a G.fast trial.

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