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In 2014, the ITU gave its final approval to the G.fast standard (G for ITU-T G.9701 and fast for Fast Access to Subscriber Terminals). The new standard was initially designed to deliver access speeds of up to 1 Gbps via 100 meter lengths of the millions of existing copper pairs all over the globe. While initially, some saw it as a niche technology, the technology’s champions saw G.fast as a key contributor to enabling the emerging Gigabit Society.
Gigabit is indeed the new broadband standard. Customer applications compel it. The arrival of 4K streaming is here, and multiple 4K-capable devices within the home will soon be commonplace.
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