The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is currently developing a new norm enabling 1GB/s internet connectivity through copper telephone wires over distances of up to 250m.
Dubbed G.fast, the technology would bring fiber-optic level performance to pre-existing network infrastructures, reducing upgrade costs. The norm could go into effect as early as 2014.
In theory, the new norm would provide a connection speed of 1GB/s over a distance of up to 250m through existing copper telephone wire networks.Customers would be able to install the upgrade to this norm on their own, without the need for exterior technical assistance. For internet service providers, this would also mean a quicker rollout.
If approved, G.fast will give access to ultra high-speed internet connectivity and its numerous applications: HD video streaming, large file transfers over the cloud, and high-def voice and video communication.
According to the ITU, several leading operators, integrated circuit manufacturers and systems providers are collaborating on the development of the G.fast norm.