Internet providers and building owners that want to offer gigabit services should investigate G.hn technology and reuse the existing copper wiring or coax cabling.
For both condominiums and apartments to rent, gigabit internet access is highly valued, on par with state-of-the-art kitchens and spa-like health facilities. A recent report from market research firm RVA LLC indicates that high-speed broadband, which usually means (up to) gigabit services, adds 2 percent to the value of a condominium and 8 percent to the rental price of an apartment.
Fiber-to-the-home technologies, such as GPON, EPON and active Ethernet, are great technologies to serve single-family homes, thanks to recent advances in fiber deployment with techniques such as directional boring or aerial fiber. But the complexity of reaching all doors inside MDUs or multi-tenant units (MTU) with a fiber feed is a major problem, particularly in brownfield buildings. Bringing fiber to each door, deep inside a building, can be costly, complex and disruptive to residents. There is a need for a simple, cost-effective way to extend gigabit coverage deep inside the MDU or MTU without relying on the installation of new fiber.
The answer is to reuse the existing telephone wiring or coaxial cabling inside the building. That’s why the concept of G.fast appeared to hold some promise. Unfortunately, in many brownfield situations, G.fast has failed to deliver.
Another broadband protocol, G.hn, which was originally developed for in-home networking, has potential to solve this problem.
Distributing gigabit services with G.hn from the fiber feed into the building, using the existing wiring infrastructure, benefits both building owners and operators. For owners, the availability of gigabit internet services is a great value-add.
As mentioned above, it can increase the monthly rent by as much as 8 percent. Operators can deliver gigabit services at a fraction of the cost of deploying fiber to each door, avoiding major disruptions for building owners and residents. Operators can expand network coverage quickly without a major capex and opex investment, and they can feel confident that their investment is future-proof because it will deliver any bandwidth up to gigabit speeds to each subscriber.