Alcatel-Lucent and Chunghwa partner for G.fast technology
Alcatel-Lucent and Chunghwa Telecom are set to launch what they claim to be the world’s first commercial deployment of G.fast broadband technology.
As part of a move to meet growing demand for broadband access in Taiwan, Chunghwa Telecom is conducting a nationwide roll-out of fibre-to-the-premises (FTTx) infrastructure to residential and business customers using a combination of fibre and copper technology.
Chunghwa Telecom will deploy Alcatel-Lucent’s GPON and G.fast technologies to accelerate the deployments.
“As innovators in ultra-broadband fixed access, Alcatel-Lucent was the first company to bring G.fast to the market,” said Ken Wu, president of Alcatel-Lucent Taiwan.
“For the past year we have been working with leading operators around the world to trial the technology. This year, the Taiwanese market has already rapidly introduced the latest technology and launched commercial services ahead of other markets to enable the consumers in Taiwan to experience CHT’s G.Fast ultra-high-speed broadband service. Today we are happy to see Chunghwa Telecom take a pioneering role and become the world’s first operator to deploy it commercially.”
Chunghwa Telecom aims to roll out ultra broadband to “tens of thousands” of households in Taiwan within two years. In addition it plans to meet the country’s National Communications Commission plan to improve fixed broadband access in hard-to-reach residential locations.