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ITU Standardizes 1Gbps Over Copper, But Services Won't Come Until 2015 153

Posted by timothy
from the if-you-transmit-it-they-will-come dept.
alphadogg writes "The ITU has taken a big step in the standardization of G.fast, a broadband technology capable of achieving download speeds of up to 1Gbps over copper telephone wire. The death of copper and the ascent of fiber has long been discussed. However, the cost of rolling out fiber is still too high for many operators that instead want to upgrade their existing copper networks. So there is still a need for technologies that can complement fiber, including VDSL2 and G.fast. Higher speeds are needed for applications such as 4K streaming, IPTV, cloud-based storage, and communication via HD video, ITU said." Meanwhile, I'm hoping Google Fiber, FIOS, and other fast optical options scare more ISPs into action along both price and speed axes.
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ITU Standardizes 1Gbps Over Copper, But Services Won't Come Until 2015

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  • by OhPlz (168413) on Thursday December 12, 2013 @05:13PM (#45674477)

    I'm stuck in copper-land thanks to the phone monopoly in my town, and the copper we have can't reliably transfer data at faster than 8Mbps. 15Mbps was great when it worked, but the disconnects were frequent. The residents in my town are never going to see gigabit speeds over our copper infrastructure. The phone company has no reason to improve it. There is no fiber alternative, Verizon pulled out of our state. Our cable TV monopoly is equally disinterested in provided higher speed service. This is probably a significant challenge all over the United States. We need to find a way to revive competition and get these legally-sole-provider-in-the-region companies to offer improved service.

    DirecTV forced cable companies to up their HD offerings by making over a hundred channels HD in one go after launching some new satellites. Before that, none of the cable MSOs would bother. We need a similar antagonist in the ISP space.

  • Stupid headline. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ericloewe (2129490) on Thursday December 12, 2013 @05:20PM (#45674549)

    "1 Gb/s over copper" is something that's existed for a looong time.

    1 Gb/s over a single crap twisted pair copper on the other hand...

  • by XaXXon (202882) <xaxxon@ g m ail.com> on Thursday December 12, 2013 @05:40PM (#45674749) Homepage

    I don't think you understand how long it would take and how expensive that would be.

    The US is one of the least dense countries in the world -- especially at its population.

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