VDSL2 Vectoring

Taking VDSL2 Vectoring from innovation to deployment.

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Fast broadband

VDSL2 took copper to higher speeds. Now, the world’s first commercial VDSL2 Vectoring technology turbocharges broadband on copper to 100 Mbps and beyond.

VDSL2 had the potential to reach 100 Mbps. But noise among the lines in a cable reduced performance. VDSL2 Vectoring is noise-canceling technology. It works a lot like noise-canceling headphones. It cuts out all of the noise, or interference, among the VDSL2 lines in a bundle. With no interference, every VDSL2 line can operate at peak speeds, as if it were the only line in the bundle.

With VDSL2 Vectoring, copper has new value. Tomorrow’s speeds in today’s networks deliver a more compelling and competitive broadband experience. And you can take fiber to the most economical point — a crucial capability in uncertain economic times.

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Faster time-to-market

Use VDSL2 Vectoring to reach more customers with more bandwidth today. Help governments reach national broadband targets faster. Pressure is mounting:

  • Consumers want HD video, entertainment and gaming services. To satisfy their growing hunger for multimedia content, Alcatel-Lucent forecasts high-end consumers will need 50 Mbps to the home by 2015 and 90 Mbps by 2020. That’s a 15% annual growth rate in demand for speed.
  • Businesses are adopting cloud computing, video conferencing and other bandwidth-intensive services. These new ways of working demand high upload and download speeds.
  • Governments are implementing national broadband programs, e-healthcare and e-learning for socio-economic development. The European Commission’s Digital Agenda calls for 30 Mbps for all by 2020 and 100 Mbps for half of households.

Most service providers can’t afford to wait for fiber to meet these demands. VDSL2 Vectoring delivers immediate speed to meet immediate need.

 

Fastest return on investment

There’s already a lot of copper out there. Why not extract more value from it?

  • 2/3 of the world’s broadband subscribers are connected through DSL¹.
  • More than 1.25 billion households are connected to a copper line².
  • 40 million VDSL2 lines have been deployed since 2007³.

Accelerate existing copper to deliver higher speeds quickly and cost effectively. Reusing existing infrastructure reduces investment costs and risks. It also helps with eco-sustainability targets. You’re reusing the same infrastructure, but in a smarter way.

Capitalize on copper to delay the high costs of deploying fiber until those costs make sense for your business objectives and bottom line. With VDSL2 Vectoring, you can deliver higher speeds at about 1/3 the cost of deploying fiber4. And any fiber investments to support VDSL2 Vectoring lower costs for future fiber deployments. You’re already part way there.

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Adopt field-proven VDSL2 Vectoring technology

In many parts of the world, fiber roll outs have started. But time and cost demands slow deployments. According to Heavy Reading, a nationwide fiber deployment takes 10 years for 50% coverage4.

VDSL2 Vectoring technology is ready today. Leading service providers - Belgacom, Telekom Austria and Turk Telekom - have all put Alcatel-Lucent VDSL2 Vectoring technology to the test.

Trials confirm that Alcatel-Lucent VDSL2 Vectoring technology boosts upstream and downstream bandwidth between 90% and 150% depending on line conditions and loop length.

There’s still plenty of speed to be gained from copper. Our ongoing research and testing of new technologies such as Phantom Mode and G.fast - potentially delivering hundreds of megabits over copper - prove that copper still counts.

Easy migration with Zero-Touch Vectoring

Alcatel-Lucent's "Zero-Touch Vectoring" speeds vectoring deployments by eliminating the need to upgrade legacy CPE to vectoring friendly mode.

Just one non-vectoring compliant CPE operating in a vectored cable can create cross talk, which drastically reduces gains on vectored lines. Until now, service providers needed to upgrade all of their existing VDSL2 CPEs to vectoring or vectoring-friendly mode to prevent this cross talk from reducing gains.

Alcatel-Lucent's unique "Zero-Touch Vectoring" solves this problem by automatically handling all legacy VDSL2 CPEs. Firmware upgrades are not required, so legacy VDSL2 CPEs will be vectoring-friendly without needing to be touched. Only those CPE that are being used to provide higher bandwidth vectoring services will need to be upgraded. This provides a quick and easy way for service providers to introduce vectoring in their network, without having to worry at all about legacy VDSL2 CPEs.

Stay ahead of the broadband curve with Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent VDSL2 innovations are part of a full toolkit of copper and fiber solutions. For a complete broadband infrastructure, it’s a matter of choosing the right mix of copper, fiber and wireless technologies. Time-to-market, cost and competitive pressures all influence technology decisions.

  • Copper makes sense where the copper infrastructure is already available. Alcatel-Lucent solutions support a mix of legacy VDSL2 and VDSL2 Vectoring-ready customer premises equipment (CPE) to pave the way for smooth evolution to next-generation fiber.
  • Fiber makes sense in greenfield areas and strategic areas where deployments can be cost-justified with higher service revenues. Alcatel-Lucent fiber solutions include GPON, EPON and XPON1, as well as solutions for point-to-point Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet.

Alcatel-Lucent delivers the mix of copper and fiber access innovations you need to meet your market and financial objectives. Whether you plan to evolve your network quickly or gradually, with copper, fiber or a combination, we will continue to take you to higher speeds. With Alcatel-Lucent as your wireline access partner, you’re positioned to stay ahead of the broadband curve for many years to come.

Turbo boost bandwidth and reach more subscribers today

Interview with Wim de Meyer, VP Business Transformation, Belgacom about their innovative vectoring program to deliver a higher quality broadband experience to their subscribers.

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“Alcatel-Lucent's plan to make VDSL2 vectoring commercially available is very timely. Service providers and governments have stated their intent to boost broadband speeds to consumers and businesses alike, but the challenges associated with comprehensive fiber-to-the-home deployments have been a major obstacle. VDSL2 vectoring promises to bring speeds of 100Mbps and beyond to advanced copper/fiber hybrid networks and make superfast broadband speeds available to many more people, much faster than many in the industry had thought possible.”

Rob Gallagher, Principal Analyst, Head of Broadband & TV Research

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“While there is plenty of encouraging FTTH activity around the world, the lengthy rollout timelines and high capex requirements-- especially for outside plant deployment-- remain formidable hurdles. As a result, we forecast in 2016 that there will be almost 400 million DSL subscribers, compared to 228 million FTTB and FTTH subscribers. Many service providers with existing copper access infrastructure will need to use these assets to address competition, rising bandwidth demand and government driven imperatives aimed at boosting minimum broadband access speed availability and accessibility. Alcatel-Lucent’s VDSL2 vectoring product enhances its access portfolio but more importantly provides an important option for such service providers.”

Kamalini Ganguly, Analyst, Broadband Network Strategies Ovum Straight Talk: Alcatel-Lucent’s VDSL2 vectoring comes of age


1 According to networking and telecommunications market research group, Dell’Oro. 2 According to World Bank Group. 3 According to networking and telecommunications market research group, Dell’Oro. 4 Copyright © Heavy Reading May 2010, Copper: Still a Precious Metal?, Graham Finnie.