With promises of up to 1 Gbps speeds over copper wiring, the International Telecom Union approved the “G.Fast” standard, which could result in the delivery of more effective service on established networks, according to coverage by DSLReports. Although top speeds on G-Fast networks can only be achieved by being within 400 meters of a distribution point, the fact that older DSL lines can be upgraded to offer better service makes it a nice alternative to the more expensive prospect of laying fiber to the home.

With this increase in speed, telcos can, in theory, deliver high-quality services and compete with cable operators, especially if they can extend their distribution points closer to their customers. Still, it looks like it will be some time before G.Fast is deployed on a commercial basis, with testing still being scheduled into the early part of 2015.

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