NBNCo Says It Won’t Just Be Fast – It Will Be g.fast Next Year

NBNCo Says It Won’t Just Be Fast – It Will Be g.fast Next Year
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It’s been an interesting week with the NBN. From the PM giving them a pummelling, to demonstrating a fast FttC connection, the infrastructure company has managed to grab a few headlines. And today, they’re announcing a new service that’s dubbed g.fast that promises gigabit speeds over copper.

The company says they’ll be able to blast past the current 100Mbps levels delivered by VDSL by using higher frequencies of either 106MHz or 212MHz – compared to just 17MHz on VDSL. The tech is already being used in other parts of the world so, by the time NBNCo start rolling it out and RSPs offer it as a service, it should be well tested in other locales.

NBNCo first tested the tech a couple of years ago over a 100 year old stretch of copper and achieved 600Mbps which is nothing to be sneezed at.

G.fast technology will be supplied by the company’s three existing fixed-broadband suppliers Nokia, ADTRAN and Netcomm Wireless.

Although those speeds sound like overkill for many users, anyone running a business from home or a small office will hungrily gobble up those bits. But I’m still left scratching my head. NBNCo has made a big deal about the download speeds but has made no mention of upload speed.

While the new FttC service that was demonstrated this week delivered 100Mbps of download, it offered 40Mbps upload. Plenty of people I know, particularly in creative businesses where shifting large files is critical, need upload speeds to be bolstered.

Hopefully, someone at NBNCo or in RSP-land hears this and starts offering symmetrical services.


  • That “promises” word right there? That’s the sticking point… they haven’t kept many of them so far and from what I’ve read on the tech, it’s finicky (especially with degraded copper – hello, large parts of the network) and would require at the very least firmware updates on any connected device

  • Hey just letting you know there’s a slight inconsistency between this and the article over on Gizmodo; you’ve said the test was done over a 100 year old wire here, but on Gizmodo it was a 100 metre long 20 year old wire.

    Shame they didn’t do all the FttP parts of the rollout first so they might have been able to use g.fast from the get go (if they absolutely had to continue on the warparth with FttN)

  • Just charge for the data already and NOT speed. THEN it’s in the NBN and ISP’s interests to maximize the systems performance. The current model of charging for speed is BS as they dont have to guarantee anything with respect to performance but if u can’t get your data then they don’t make money so forces them to pick up their game. Congestion really starts to hurt the provider instead of the subscriber.

  • Isn’t g.fast even more reliant on short distances than what we currently have? How much will it cost to upgrade nodes? Wouldn’t it have been more cost effective to have used a different solution from the beginning than to have to go back to the nodes to upgrade?…

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