15 Vol. 40 No. 3 - August 2018 Issue industry news Gigabit internet is now available to 301 million people across 49 countries, according to the latest data in the Gigabit Monitor from VIAVI Solutions. The volume of Gigabit internet deployments has increased by 38 per cent since May 2017. This means that 4.2 per cent of the global population now has Gigabit internet availability. “Notably, the number of people with access to Gigabit LTE has surged to 74 million, based on large-scale deployments across a number of countries, including the United States, South Korea and China, over the past few quarters. These deployments have turned Gigabit LTE into the second most widely available form of Gigabit internet, after fibre. Globally, fibre has increased its global share of Gigabit deployments to 90.4 per cent. However, this includes a large volume of micro-scale deployments, predominantly in the United States, where populations as small as 300 people are being served with Gigabit internet,” VIAVI Solutions told Broadband Journal. “Interestingly, the number of hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) deployments each quarter is also now tracking closely with fibre roll- outs, whereas fibre deployments outpaced HFC up until 2016.” According to the Gigabit Monitor, the United States remains the country with Gigabit internet available to the largest number of people, with Gigabit access now available to over 64 million people. Following the U.S. are South Korea with access for 46.9- million; Spain with 30.1 million; China with 20.7 million and Canada with 15.7 million. However, in terms of the percentage of population coverage, Singapore has the greatest Gigabit coverage, with Gigabit internet available to 95 per cent of its population. Singapore is followed by South Korea with 93 per cent; Moldova with 90- per cent; Qatar with 78 per cent and Spain and Portugal tying at 65 per cent. Since the start of 2017, Gigabit internet has been introduced in nine countries for the first time. These are Australia; Croatia; Estonia; Germany; Kazakhstan; Malta; Monaco; Oman and Russia. “It is fascinating to see how public and private companies, and even governments, are pushing for Gigabit internet to become an economic enabler for their customers, citizens or their own businesses,” said Sameh Yamany, Chief Technology Officer, VIAVI Solutions. “During the last 12 months, Gigabit internet deployments have increased by 38 per cent, demonstrating that the global pace of deployment is progressing strongly.” Gigabit internet availability For further details, see http://gigabitmonitor.com/ used as receivers. The transmission technique is based on the DVB S2X standard’s Annex E Super-Framing structure, which enables several innovative technologies such as beam hopping, precoding and interference management solutions. With this demonstration, the project partners proved that the beam hopping concept and technology are ready to be implemented. The demonstration validated that data arrives at the satellite in sync. with the beam hopping pattern and that the system is able to automatically adjust and update resource allocations whenever capacity requirements may change. This successful test, commented the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, paves the way for a next generation of satellites.