Support for broadband gathers momentum

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Industry support for the broadband access standard has gathered further momentum as Alcatel-Lucent and industry association the Broadband Forum announce strides in the adoption of the technology being made. is an emerging access technology intended to extract the maximum bandwidth potential from existing copper infrastructure. Designed for use within the final 500m between the network distribution point and the customer premises, networks and compatible receiving residential technology can theoretically achieve download speeds of between 150Mbps and 1Gbps. Unlike VDSL2, utilises Time-Division Duplexing (TDD) to transmit and receive signals instead of Frequency-Division Duplexing (FDD). TDD’s ability to vary the throughput of transmit and receive signals lends itself to more dynamic delivery of bandwidth-intensive services of varying upload and download sizes, such as broadcasting or web-browsing.

Alcatel-Lucent announced its residential compatible gateway, which the vendor claims lends itself to a simplified connection process for the consumer, and removing the need for a technician to attend the premises for installation. It also reckons consumers can then enjoy broadband speeds of more than 750Mbps when connected to a infrastructure, which BT intends to pilot in the UK this summer, before a 2016/2017 rollout.

The French vendor also reckons the residential gateway will support dual-band wifi, so users benefit from theoretical wireless speeds of up to 1Gbps, and claims all of this can be achieved without the need for fibre to the premises (FTTP).

“Combining the latest WiFi and technology, operators can now easily deliver fiber-like speeds into the home without ever having to drill a hole or run wires,” said Federico Guillén, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s fixed access business. “The new CPE will provide operators with simply way to help customers maximize the full potential of heir connected home today and for years to come.”

Meanwhile, the Broadband Forum has been making progress on the standardisation of, having hosted a demonstration vendor-fest this week. 14 companies were involved at the event in the U.S. and gave participants an environment in which to test compatibility and interoperability of potential customer premises equipment (CPE) alongside industry peers.

Kevin Foster, chairman of the Broadband Forum, highlighted the growing need for ultra-capacity broadband services, in an era of data intensive consumer services.

“ is a significant answer to a pressing need for faster turnaround, time to market and ROI for vendors,” he said. “It also answers the needs of service providers seeking to quickly meet the demands of their customers for new services such as 4K-TV and the increased use of data and cloud services. The Broadband Forum has been preparing for this for some time with specifications and test plans, and this latest plugfest allows us to support vendors in bringing forward their chipsets and system devices and to support service providers in making informed decisions on the introduction of services.”


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  1. Avatar Andy Harris 19/06/2015 @ 9:36 am is clearly an improvement on previous technologies, however, the maximum rates are very distant dependent and still subject to contention. ‘Sweating’ the copper asset is all very well, but the only true solution is fibre-based, symmetrical broadband. Technology is rapidly gaining momentum and the subsequent bandwidth requirement is growing exponentially, so by sweating the copper asset, at best all it is doing is putting off the inevitable, at worst it is wasting time and money.

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