Korea Telecom & Others Launch GiGA Wire Alliance to Enable Ultra-Broadband Services over Existing Copper Networks

Korea Telecom & Others Launch GiGA Wire Alliance to Enable Ultra-Broadband Services over Existing Copper Networks Image Credit: Korea Telecom

This week at Broadband World Forum (London) the GiGA Wire Alliance is exhibiting for the first time as a unified industry effort, with Korea Telecom, Marvell, Ubiquoss and Lightworks as initial members.

The GiGA Wire Alliance has been created with the goal of establishing a broad ecosystem of vendors and service providers working together to deliver the next-generation of copper-based gigabit broadband access networks.

By using the open G.hn standard, service providers can leverage existing copper infrastructure in Multi-Dwelling Units (MDUs) to deliver advanced services such as 4K/8K IPTV, Virtual Reality or Cloud storage. Members of the GiGA Wire Alliance will benefit from sharing experiences and ensure interoperability of platforms from different vendors that focus on Gigabit Broadband Access deployment.

Using the latest version of the G.hn standard, GiGA Wire platforms can deliver line rates up to 2 Gigabits/second, enabling the same range of services as traditional FTTH. Service Providers deploying GiGA Wire platforms can benefit from multi-vendor interoperability, with systems that are specifically optimized for carrier requirements such as multicast IPTV, cloud-based management or dynamic bandwidth allocation.

The announcement comes only 4 months after Korea Telecom unveiled in July 2016 its GiGA Internet deployment capable of supporting over 1 Gbps to any customer over single-pair phoneline or two-pair UTP cabling. Korea Telecom first launched the GiGA Wire technology services in Korea back in 2014 using first generation G.hn silicon.

Dr. Dongmyun Lee, head of the Institute of Convergence Technology in KT
We value our partnership with Ubiquoss and Lightworks to promote the ecosystem of GiGA Wire through Creative Economy and Innovation for Small and Medium Sized (SMEs) companies in Korea to enter global market.

Chano Gómez, Senior Director of Broadband Solutions at Marvell
The G.hn standard is currently the most mature and cost-effective option to deliver gigabit broadband services over exiting in-home and in-building copper networks, with millions of G.hn chips shipping annually. The convergence of in-home and in-building networking enabled by G.hn ensures the economies of scale required to sustain rapid silicon innovation cycles that benefit consumers and service providers.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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