ADTRAN says it has shipped
more than 10 million vectoring ports since it began commercial deployment about three years ago.
Demand for broadband, coupled with the technology’s ability to leverage existing investment, has generated an ongoing surge in sales, said Kurt Raaflaub, head of strategic solutions marketing at ADTRAN, in an interview.
The comparative cost of upgrading existing copper access lines with vectoring capabilities, rather than investing immediately in fiber-to-the-premises, can be attractive to capex-constrained operators, notes Raaflaub. (See table below.)
A Comparison of Fixed Broadband Technologies
DSL vectoring ports, which boost installed network performance by accelerating speed, are an increasingly vital component of service providers’ broadband infrastructure.
Deutsche Telekom, for example, is upgrading to VDSL for higher speeds and improved consistency. And CenturyLink uses ADTRAN's vectoring solutions to maximize network broadband speeds for current and future needs, said Aamir Hussain, its executive vice president and CTO, in a statement.
VDSL2 and Super-Vectoring allow service providers to compete against cable operators' deployment of DOCSIS 3.0 and 3.1, said ADTRAN's Raaflaub. Vectoring can increase speeds to 100 Mbit/s via VDSL2 and 300 Mbit/s using Super-Vectoring. As legislative bodies in both the US and Europe redefine the meaning of "competitive broadband," service providers must hurry to ensure they maintain these speeds, he said.
Added Teresa Mastrangelo, founder of Broadbandtrends, in a statement: "Vectoring provides operators with the opportunity to offer FTTH-like speeds over copper lines, while providing the flexibility necessary to address the immediate time-to-market, competitive and regulatory challenges they currently confront."
During prepared comments to a conservative group in Maine, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai outlined his concerns with several states' independent moves to reinstate the 2015 laws governing the Internet.
Under a partnership announced today, Deutsche Telekom and United Smart Cities will help metro leaders with smart-city projects, ultimately leading to integrated solutions and a shareable database equipped with analytics tools for deep dives.
The MSO has pivoted from being a traditional cable operator into a connectivity provider, said Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts during the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference in New York this week.
AT&T is closer to deploying AirGig, following successful trials, and now seeks vendor partners to work on technologies that it believes will bring broadband closer to rural customers across power lines.
Fast, reliable broadband is essential to how we live, work and play today – and the upcoming arrival of 5G will only further increase demand and reliance on fiber infrastructure. Already viewed by consumers as intolerable, delays, outages or the regular maintenance difficulties associated with operating a network will become further exacerbated when residential subscribers further rely on connected devices for day-to-day life. Just as providers deploy network automation tools to reduce operational issues, they must take similar care to manage consumer expectations when they roll out fiber or new services. This webinar features leaders who will discuss how to manage marketing and consumer expectations at every stage of the network lifecycle. Marketing professionals, c-level executives and policymakers interested in drumming up fiber envy should attend.
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.