Japanese cable operator Energia Communications (EneCom) has agreed to deploy Nokia’s G.fast technology in combination with its existing VDSL following successful interoperability tests last month.
EneCom is upgrading its broadband network in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games. Once deployed, G.fast will enable EneCom to launch high-bandwidth apps such as 8K television, and it will pave the way for the future deployment of XG-Fast, which can provide speeds of up to 10 Gbps.
Given that most of Japan’s current VDSL will be discontinued, the country’s operators who provide VDSL must be prepared to continue providing broadband services for multi-dwelling units (MDUs). Nokia says it is the only vendor providing interoperability between G.fast equipment and the Japan-specific VDSL technology, which means a smooth and economical migration to G.fast – operators will be able to continue to use VDSL CPE and gradually replace it with G.fast CPEs as and when the demand increases.
“G.fast is emerging as a technology of choice to deliver fiber-like speeds to customers over short distances,” said Sang Xulei, head of Fixed Networks, Asia Pacific and Japan Region, at Nokia. “It will also allow operators to control expenditures since G.fast uses existing copper infrastructure.”