MIAMI, Fl., January 6, 2015 – Cable & Wireless Communications Plc’s (CWC) business unit in Panama, Cable & Wireless Panama SA (CWP) and Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced the first successful trial of the fastest copper based broadband service across Latin America using leading G.fast technology.
As a market leader in mobile and broadband services in Panama, CWP is also the largest telecom service provider in the country with a market leading brand, superior network coverage and excellent customer service. CWP partnered with Huawei to deploy CWC’s first trial of the G.fast technology on its existing copper infrastructure.
“We are excited to be partnering with Cable & Wireless Communications and together pioneering the first trial of the fastest copper fixed line broadband service with G.fast across Latin America,” said Mr. Stephen Ma, CEO of Huawei for the Caribbean. “G.fast is the right way to extend the existing fixed line infrastructure to the gigabit access era by accelerating a future oriented ultra-broadband solution with unparalleled user experiences,” he added.
The G.fast technology trial ran for two months in Panama deploying Huawei’s latest multi-service access node equipment. CWP’s trial successfully achieved high speeds averaging 500 Mbps to download and 150 Mbps to upload, over its existing copper fixed lines.
“We are thrilled to announce that Cable & Wireless Panama was the first market across Latin America to have successfully completed testing of the G.fast technology, which can deliver high speeds, to its customers through the fastest copper based fixed line broadband technology across the region reaching speeds of 500 Mbps,” said Carlo Alloni, EVP Technology and Group CTIO,
Cable & Wireless Communications. “Our strategic partnership with Huawei has strengthened our commitment to consider solutions that deliver high-speeds,” added Alloni.
G.fast technology is based on the Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) method with an improved algorithm that cancels the noise in the lines, reducing the effects of crosstalk and allowing transmission of higher rates of bits with a better quality, increasing the speeds of the information transmitted.
Huawei’s G.fast solution can complement the other technologies selected for its HFC (Hybrid fiber-coaxial) and Fibre delivery platforms. CWP’s G.fast technology is providing a fivefold increase in speeds compared to any existing internet copper residential service in Panama and empowering the fastest copper fixed line broadband service across Latin America.