The overall goal for GOLD is to ensure the competitiveness of European telecommunications industry and increase the bandwidth of the European broadband access networks to gigabit rates. The first G.fast standard was approved in December 2014, earlier than expected, and for the continuation the focus of the GOLD project is to:
Continue the work on G.fast standards.
Further develop and spread know-how around deployment practices in order to ensure that G.fast becomes a market success.
Boost the usability of G.fast towards dense city areas by developing an alternative backhauling option based on copper instead of fibre.
Go beyond the first standard by initiating the planned second version of the standard promising an increase of the bandwidth over 100 MHz, by exploring multiple-gigabit copper access.