The fractured delivery of NBN connections across Australia has caused excessively disparate speeds between neighbourhoods.
The lucky folk on FTTP can choose their speeds with reckless abandon, with other connection types being far more restricted in speeds due to the variables involved. Particularly for those on FTTN and FTTC, relying upon copper delivery into the home that speed can often be disappointing.
G.fast is the next evolution of the copper-based technology pathway, following on from the very-high-bit-rate digital subscriber line (VDSL2) technology we are already deploying on our Fibre-to-the-Node (FTTN) technology.
By using higher-spectrum frequencies all the way up to 212 megahertz – compared to the (maximum) 17MHz used on VDSL2 – G.fast is able to deliver speeds all the way up to 1Gbps and beyond, albeit over short distances of around 100 metres.
This means FTTC users, who typically have copper runs of 40 – 70 meters will have increased theoretical speeds, offering the Superfast and close to, Ultrafast speeds FTTP and HFC are capable of.
This isn’t a guarantee though and a timeline for delivery if the consultation period is successful is unknown. The consultation is — at this time — nothing more than consultation and early testing but it is promising for those stuck on second-rate connections.