NBN Co consults on the potential of FTTC connections having gigabit speed in the future
The fragmented delivery of NBN connections across Australia has caused excessively disparate speeds between neighborhoods.
The lucky ones on FTTP may choose their speeds with reckless abandon, other connection types being much more limited in speed due to the variables involved. Especially for those who use FTTN and FTTC, relying on home copper delivery, this speed can often be disappointing.
A recent update to the NBN Co roadmap shows through the implementation of G.Fast, NBN Co. is preparing to consult on speeds of up to 1 gigabit on FTTC connections.
G.fast is the next evolution of the copper-based technology path, following on from the very high-speed digital subscriber line (VDSL2) technology we are already deploying on our Fiber-to-the-Node (FTTN) technology. ).
Using higher spectrum frequencies up to 212 megahertz – compared to the 17 MHz (maximum) used on VDSL2 – G.fast is able to deliver speeds of up to 1 Gbps and beyond, although on short distances of about 100 meters.
This means that FTTC users, who typically have copper lengths of 40 to 70 meters, will have increased theoretical speeds, delivering the super fast and near super-fast speeds that FTTP and HFC are capable of.
It is however not a guarantee and a delivery time if the consultation period is successful is unknown. The consultation is – for now – nothing more than early consultation and testing, but it holds promise for those stuck on second-order connections.