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Groundwork Laid For Superfast Broadband Over Copper 93

Posted by Soulskill
from the now-your-plumbing-can-double-as-ethernet-wiring dept.
itwbennett writes: Telecom equipment vendor Adtran has developed a technology that will make it easier for operators to roll out broadband speeds close to 500Mbps over copper lines. Adtran's FDV (Frequency Division Vectoring), enhances the capabilities of two technologies — VDSL2 with vectoring and — by enabling them to better coexist over a single subscriber line, the company said. VDSL2 with vectoring, which improves speeds by reducing noise and can deliver up to 150Mbps, is currently being rolled out by operators, while, which is capable of 500Mbps, is still under development, with the first deployments coming in mid-2015. FDV will make it easier for operators to roll out once it's ready and expand where it can be used, according to Adtran. Meanwhile, Ars Technica has an article about how Verizon is letting its copper network rot in order to passively encourage customers to switch to fiber.
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Groundwork Laid For Superfast Broadband Over Copper

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  • In other news (Score:4, Insightful)

    by ArcadeMan (2766669) on Friday August 15, 2014 @06:19PM (#47681831)

    Users can now go through their monthly cap in under ten minutes.

  • Why bother (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 15, 2014 @06:22PM (#47681851)

    They keep coming up with faster and faster methods to deliver data and the ISPs keep artificially lowering speeds and data limits. As long as Comcast and the like run the show none of this will go to use for the end consumer.

  • by raymorris (2726007) on Friday August 15, 2014 @06:51PM (#47682015)

    I learned on Slashdot that Verizon is evil for not investing billions in upgrading their network to fiber. Now you tell me they've already upgraded half of their customers to fiber. Since they ARE upgrading their network to fiber, that's now evil. I'm confused.
    I'm sure Verizon is evil of course, but are they evil for upgrading to fiber or for not upgrading to fiber?

  • by sjames (1099) on Friday August 15, 2014 @08:13PM (#47682403) Homepage

    Because for many, fiber is like hot fusion. It's been right around the corner for decades now.

  • by phizi0n (1237812) on Friday August 15, 2014 @09:47PM (#47682719)

    But the real solution is FTTN: fiber to the street cabinet, rather than the current status quo of fiber to the Central Office. That will have the effect of moving you to well within a few thousand of feet of a fiber converter.

    As Dane has said before, if you're going to the neighborhood you might as well go to the home. The cost difference is minimal and by going to the home it will be easier to upgrade the network later by swapping in better optical equipment. Sonic already has a few FTTH rollouts and collaborated with google before google fiber was ever a thing.

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