While fiber optic installation lines might be sexy, short-term upgrades to existing telecom infrastructure may be more cost-effective in limited use-cases. The more modern G.fast DSL standard, conceived in 2010 and presented to the market in 2014, is designed to enhance existing copper infrastructure. On distances less than 500 meters (1/3 of a mile), G.fast technology allows for end-users to experience gigabit speeds over a traditional copper line. This is a perfect solution for companies that are rolling out fiber optic lines between drops, but need a cost-effective solution to reduce the bottlenecking on “last mile” lines.

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