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ITU approves broadband standard

Posted: 09 Dec 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ITU? broadband standard? FTTH? WiFi?

Members of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have reached final approval of, the latest ITU broadband standard geared to deliver up to 1Gb/s access speeds over existing telephone wires. The standard tackles the need of service providers for a complement to fibre to the home (FTTH) technologies in instances where proves the more cost-efficient strategy., within the fibre to the distribution point (FTTdp) architecture, combines the best aspects of fibre and DSL. Within 400m of a distribution point, provides fibre-like speeds matched with the customer self-installation of DSL, resulting in cost-savings for service providers and improved customer experience.

Hamadoun I. Toure, secretary-general, ITU, said "The time from's approval to its implementation looks set to be the fastest of any access technology in recent memory. A range of vendors has begun shipping silicon and equipment, and service providers' lab and field trials are well underway."

The approval of the physical-layer protocol aspects of, defined by Recommendation ITU-T G.9701 Fast Access to Subscriber Terminals (FAST) - Physical layer specification, follows the approval in April this year of ITU-T G.9700, a companion text specifying methods to ensure that equipment will not interfere with broadcast services such as FM radio. will increase the feasibility of implementing bandwidth-intensive services such as Ultra-HD 4K or 8K streaming and next-generation IPTV, advanced cloud-based storage and communication via HD video. The standard will comfortably serve the broadband access needs of small-to-medium enterprises, with other envisioned applications including backhaul for small wireless cell sites and WiFi hotspots.'s 'zero touch' operations, administration and management will increase the speed of new-service rollouts. This remote management of user connections will simplify migrations to, and the standard's coexistence with VDSL2 offers service providers the agility required to switch customers between and VDSL2 as business operations demand.

The development of has been coordinated with the Broadband Forum's FTTdp system architecture project. ITU and the Broadband Forum have been working in collaboration to ensure that solutions can be quickly placed into FTTdp deployments.

The Broadband Forum has begun developing a test suite and certification programme for systems. The test suite will provide for interoperability, functional and performance testing. A beta-trial of the certification programme is planned for mid-2015, and certified implementations are expected to appear on the market before the end of 2015.

ITU-T Study Group 15 has initiated work on an extended set of features for, targeting performance enhancements that will include additions to its range of low-power states. These features are likely to be available for incorporation into service providers' deployments as early as July 3, 2015.

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