Telekom Austria Group demonstrates G.fast technology

15 October 2014 |


Telekom Austria Group’s domestic subsidiary, A1, has announced the successful demonstration of G.fast; a copper-line based ultra-broadband transmission technology.

G.fast is designed to enable the rapid roll-out of ultra-fast broadband services in urban areas, largely populated by existing multi-storey buildings.

“This technology will enable us to offer urban areas data rates 10, even up to 20, times higher than ever before,” said Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO Telekom Austria Group and A1. “Fibre-to-the-home remains our long-term vision, but we consider G.fast as an intelligent interim solution until fibre has a similar coverage to what we have with copper now.”

With G.fast, fibre is deployed all the way to the basement of a building, with the final connection to separate rooms being made with existing copper cables.

This allows for a considerable price reduction, and has produced impressive speeds to meet the demands of households. A1 partnered with Alcatel-Lucent for the demonstration.

“We are delighted to continue our strong relationship with Telekom Austria by trialling G.fast, a technology that promises to dramatically accelerate the worldwide availability of ultra-broadband solutions,” said Federico Guillén, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s fixed networks business.