TPG Telecom First major telecom provider to add G.Fast to its FTTB network
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TPG Telecom First major telecom provider to add G.Fast to its FTTB network

TPG Telecom has upgraded its fiber-to-the-building (FTTB) network, becoming the first major telco in Australia to launch G.Fast technology

G. High-speed technology enables superfast download speeds of up to one gigabit per second (1000 Mbps) over the fiber-to-the-building (FTTB) network. The upgrade fulfills the promise made late last year to be “a stronger competitor to NBN Co”.

TPG Telecom First major telecom provider to add G.Fast to its FTTB network

G.Fast, first approved in 2014, is a network standard designed for short loops.

TPG’s current fiber network has been installed in many metro condominiums in Australia, enabling ultra-fast 90Mbps typical evening speeds.

The telco said its FTTB services are now “up to 10 times faster” than comparable FTTB services offered by NBN Co.

Adtran, Inc, a leading global provider of open, disaggregated network and communications equipment, is the DSLAM provider that TPG Telecom uses for their G.Fast FTTB services.

The launch of new speed levels across TPG Telecom’s wholesale networks follows a recent decision by the ACCC to accept a commitment that ensures that the telco will continue to functionally separate its wholesale and retail branches to provide high-speed broadband services.

The commitment, effective in October 2022, gives TPG greater flexibility to expand its fixed-line footprint and supports its competitive strategy to continue growing in the Australian market.

Subscriptions and Speed ​​Options

For the first 12 months, wholesale customers will receive 15% cashback, valid for the lifetime of the active service.

Customers can purchase two-speed options with the new G.Fast upgrade, now available in over 2,000 buildings in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, and the ACT with 230,000+ installations.

The two plans include 1. 250 Mbps download / 50 Mbps upload2. Max (up to 990 Mbps) download / 50 Mbps upload

G. Fast rates consist of a monthly fee for unlimited downloads, with no additional backhaul fees.

The telco also plans higher speed levels on its VDSL and cable networks.

Jonathan Rutherford, director of the TPG Telecom wholesale, corporate, and government group, said the company has plans to increase its presence in South Australia and Western Australia to serve more than 2,500 buildings by next year.

“The launch of G.Fast is an important part of TPG Telecom’s on-net strategy to increase the capacity of our broadband assets and bring more customers to our own infrastructure.”

“This will enable us to connect more homes and businesses with innovative technology solutions to help consumers and businesses thrive in the digital world,” said Mr. Rutherford.

Rutherford was appointed Group Executive Wholesale, Enterprise, and Government in December 2021. After joining TPG Telecom in July 2021.

“The service offers some of the fastest broadband speeds currently available in Australia,” said Mr. Rutherford.

“We also have a clear pricing structure, which means it’s easier than ever to deliver superfast broadband to customers,” he said.

In 2018, NBN Co announced that it would deploy G.fast services in future FTTC and FTTB deployments and at one point focused on G.Fast technology to deliver parts of its fiber-to-the-curb (FTTC) -make a gigabit-capable footprint.

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