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G.fast is the next generation of residential broadband systems and the last in the series of: voice-band modems, ISDN, ADSL and VDSL. These technologies have dominated the market and transformed, if not defined, modern living. We expect G.fast to be a worthy successor and reach similar market penetration. Each generation of DSL has increased the capacity by about a factor of ten, as will G.fast. Being a hybrid-fibre-copper technology relying on a deep-fibre deployment, one of the additional purposes of G.fast is also to extend the fibre networks of Europe and thus prepare for a full fibre network. The previous projects have initiated the G.fast standard and ensured its progress through submitting hundreds of standards contributions. The GOLD project aims to ensure the creation of a complete standards ecosystem for Fibre to the distribution point ultra-high-speed access based on G.fast, and a roadmap for its further evolution.

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