G.Fast sand-slinger says it's slung bits at 500 Mbps over 200 metres

Slower than Usain Bolt carrying a DVD

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Hold on to your cabinets: G.Fast chip shipper Sckipio has doubled the reach of its chipsets, and has demoed greater than 500Mbps speeds for a distance of 200 metres.

To put that in perspective, 500Mbps over a distance of 200 metres equates to about one-third of a Usain*.

The company is chuffed, because that's double the rather limp 100 metres stipulated in the ITU's G.Fast standard (a distance that pretty much confines the technology to fibre-to-the-basement deployments).

At 400 metres, the technology manages 200Mbit/s, or roughly one-eighth of a Usain.

The Sckipio demonstrations have been in lab tests with “multiple providers”, the company says. That means it will still need to get production silicon shipping to vendors, and from vendors into the hands of carriers.

BT, interminably dragged out by Australian copper futures traders as the example for the world, recently said it will start G.fast trials. ®

*Bootnote: To measure an Usain, give champion sprinter Usain Bolt a DVD and make him run the equivalent distance. By Vulture South's calculation, a 4GB DVD – that is, 32 gigabits – travelling 200 metres in 20 seconds is a data transfer rate of about 1.6Gbits/second.

It's notable that G.Fast's performance from 200 metres to 400 metres drops away faster than Bolt's. ®




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