CenturyLink, a provider of telecommunications services has completed what it claims is the largest deployment of its G.fast service in North America. The company has installed G.fast throughout the city of Platteville, Wisconsin using the Calix powered technology.
Using existing copper and internal coaxial cable infrastructure, CenturyLink installed G.fast technology in 44 multi-dwelling units (MDUs) to provide internet speeds of up to 500 Mbps and higher to nearly 800 apartments in Platteville.
In 2015, CenturyLink deployed fiber-to-the-premises technology to the majority of residential and business customers in Platteville to upgrade the CenturyLink Televideo TV service to CenturyLink® Prism® TV service. That fiber network enhancement also enabled most residential and business customers in Platteville access to broadband speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. Many apartment complexes in this area that did not have access to those faster speeds are now able to connect to speeds up to 500 Mbps and higher, and to Prism TV service, through this G.fast deployment.
The company says it is evaluating other locations throughout its North American service area for a similar build-out of its G.fast service.
The move by CenturyLink to deploy over existing networks follows that of other providers, which have been using recent improvements in broadband technology to do more with the fiber already in the ground.