ADTRAN Hits 10M DSL Vectoring Milestone
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.)
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."
— Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020. Follow us on Twitter @UBB2020 or @alisoncdiana.
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