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.