Sckipio Solves Broadband’s Upcoming Upload Problem

– Its New DBA Software Allocates Up & Down Broadband Speeds on the Fly
– Gives Telcos a Measurable Mbps Advantage over Cablecos
– Allows Telcos to More Easily & Inexpensively Deploy High-Speed Broadband to MDUs

What broadband services provideth, Netflix, Google and Facebook taketh away – and soon will Twitter’s Periscope and other live video streaming applications for consumers.

If, as many expect, uploading and upstreaming videos become as popular as downloading and streaming have been, then Sckipio Technologies has handed the world’s telcos a new technology that gives them a major, measurable advantage over their archrivals the cablecos: the ability to automatically and dynamically adjust download and upload speeds for each subscriber based on their needs from moment to moment.

Sckipio’s new software, called Dynamic Bandwidth Allocation (DBA), runs exclusively on equipment that has Sckipio’s G.fast broadband chips.

 


Sckipio’s DBA Technology Opens Millions of MDUs to Telcos

 

Sckipio says it G.fast broadband chips can provide broadband speeds over existing telephone copper wires by up to as much as 1.5 Gbps in aggregate bandwidth.

Its DBA software senses the combined upstream and downstream demand of each subscriber and dynamically allocates the bandwidth in each direction in real time.

Consumers can have up to 750 Mbps in each direction.

Sckipio’s claims are not theoretical or just based on its own testing. DBA’s speed has been vetted by telcos.

Telus’s VP of video & broadband services Tim Fell said, “DBA is a G.fast game-changer. In the race to deliver ultra-fast broadband, the ability to offer affordable symmetrical services will give telcos the flexibility required to meet our customers evolving high speed Internet needs.”

AT&T’s assistant VP of technical design & architecture Eddy Barker said, “With dynamic bandwidth allocation, we believe AT&T can offer up to 750 Mbps in both downstream and upstream performance over coax with today’s chipsets. In the next generation G.fast chipsets, we should be able to double that target of achieving as much as 1.5 Gbps in each direction.”

 

AT&T believes it can offer up to 750 Mbps in both downstream and upstream performance

 

What? Coax?

Why is AT&T interested in coax since AT&T’s residential network is mainly on copper telephone wires to the residence, except where it is in the process of spending billions of dollars and using millions of man hours to meet the terms of its agreement with the US’s FCC to provide fiber-like speeds to at least 12 million homes – plus compete against the cablecos and Google Fiber?

AT&T is one of the largest owners of coax-to-the-residence networks, which it got when it bought pay TV behemoth DirecTV which has installed coax to each residence in order to offer its pay TV service in tens of thousands of residential MDUs – and millions of residences in them. AT&T can install a fiber cable to the MDU and connect it to the coax.

That will allow it to sell its high speed G.fast-based broadband (G.fast runs over either copperwires or coax. Coax is faster over coax than it is over copperwires, especially over long distances, because coax is shielded and the G.fast signal travels further with higher signal-to-noise ratio than over copper wires.

Telus has been deploying all-fiber networks in its footprint in Canada but it also offers a satellite pay TV service in some of its footprint.

AT&T has previously shown its interest in using G.fast broadband the MDU market. It recently said it was testing G.fast with a view to using it in MDUs.

Now we know that it, Telus and any other of the world’s telcos can use G.fast in MDUs over those MDUs’ already-installed copperwires or coax cables. That will reduce both the time and money it takes for deploying G.fast, especially compared to having to install fiber cables to each residence in thousands of MDUs. That will allow telcos to compete against cablecos in broadband speed and, especially in upload speeds and the dynamic allocation of bandwidth according to subscriber’s quickly changing needs.

 

Upstream Downstream Analyzer

Sckipio’s demo analyzer: upstream and downstream traffic ratio ‘flips’

Sckipio’s DBA currently runs only over unvectored wires, meaning, for the present, only over coax or where there is one pair of un-vectored copperwires that run from a neighborhood box, a DPU, to a single home. Vectoring is an essential part of G.fast and the ITU’s G.fast standards committee is expected by year-end to amend the G.fast standard to accommodate dynamic allocation of bandwidth in larger binders that are jammed packed with copperwires.

G.fast does not care what media it runs on. Neither does Sckipio’s DBA with the exception of wiring that is vectored. Sckipio’s DBA uses the full bandwidth of any wire, of which coax has more – minus the minimum amount of bandwidth that is needed to keep the link open in the other direction.

Sckipio has been presenting this new technology at the G.fast Summit in Paris this week. Sckipio partner Adtran has been demonstrating the DBA technology live. G.fast equipment maker Adtran plans…

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