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  • Writer's pictureTeresa Mastrangelo

Ultra Broadband Copper Technologies Breathing New Life into the Copper Plant

Check out our latest post over at ADVA Optical’s Technically Speaking Blog  – we talk about the Ultra-broadband copper technologies are breathing new life into the copper plant,  to enable operators to offer faster speeds  that will support the wide range of high-bandwidth applications on the horizon, while providing operators with a time to market alternative to FTTH – often at a fraction of the cost.

Additionally, we just published the results of our 3rd Annual Global Operators survey on Ultra-Broadband Copper Deployment Strategies.

Here are some highlights:

  1. 55 percent of respondents are actively deploying VDSL2 vectoring technology or are in trial and plan to deploy by the end of 2015

  2. Cost remains the greatest challenge facing operators as they deploy Ultra-Broadband copper technologies

  3. Although a handful of operators are currently in trial with, the bulk of deployment is expected to begin in 2017

  4. The overwhelming driver for deployment of Ultra-Broadband copper technologies is to address the competitive environment.

  5. Operators currently deploying VDSL2 Vectoring are highly satisfied with the performance and stability, but less satisfied with cost and ease of deployment

  6. Basements and manholes are the preferred location for DPUs, but significant regional preference prevail

  7. Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, & ADTRAN Top the Ultra-Broadband Copper Vendor rankings


For this survey,  Broadbandtrends interviewed 31 service providers during February and March 2015, regarding their plans for Ultra Broadband Copper deployment.  The respondents, from all major regions, represent 42 percent of all deployed DSL lines at the end of 2014 and were either the primary decision maker or have strong influence in the planning and purchasing of Ultra-Broadband Copper solutions.

Participants provided input on a range of areas for both VDSL2 Vectoring and including timing of deployments; key drivers for ultra-broadband copper; key challenges of ultra-broadband copper; expected speed offerings; average loop lengths for deployment; average node size; % of network expected to be vector & G. fast capable; reverse powering plans; distribution point location; and perceived success of VDSL2 vectoring deployments.

For more information, please download the Executive Summary (BBT_SPSurveyUltraBroadbandCopper_151120_TOC)  and check out our handy Infographic:


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