Alcatel is pondering the development of a 100mbps over copper technology. Its possible for 100mpbs over 1KM. It is DSL after all –
Alcatel-Lucent has developed a prototype technology that could dramatically increase the speed of data communications over the copper wires that make up the majority of the world’s telephone infrastructure. The technology combines three existing techniques, known as bonding, vectoring, and DSL phantom mode. It can reach speeds of 300 megabits per second at a distance of 400 meters from a communications hub, and 100 megabits per second at one kilometer.
Squeezing more speed out of copper connections is an important goal for telecommunications companies in the United States. They want to compete with the 50-megabit-per-second speeds offered by cable providers, but DSL connections transmit data through telephone lines–a fundamentally different technology from that used by cable companies. Alcatel-Lucent’s technology could help these companies extend high-speed Internet access before next-generation fiber-optic networks become widely available.
The first two components of the prototype system, vectoring and bonding, are standard ways to increase the speed of DSL broadband connections: vectoring cancels out noise in a DSL line, and bonding treats multiple lines as if they were a single cable, which increases bandwidth by a multiple almost equal to the number of cables involved. Neither technique is widely used in the United States, but they are deployed to a limited extent in both Asia and Europe, where high urban density makes them more economical.
Intriguing yes? Here’s the rub. In many areas of the US, from a remote CO to a end user can be 20 miles. Worst case being that in some cases its over barbed wire. (Yes Mildred, that still exists in some locales.) So for grins lets say that as a DSL service this scales to 10mbps at 10 miles end user to remote CO.
Given that assumption is this worthwhile? Yes in reason. Obviously the Telcos would wish to offer this in high density areas as they could compete with FIOS without the attendant cost of new outside plant installs. Keep in mind that AT&T tried something very similar with a copper based Uverse that did not work out so well.
In practice where does this fit? High density, natch though the market in the urban centers is getting very competitive. The even better fit is the existing suburban neighborhoods where the copper is already in the ground. The issue is price. Would the public see the value of a 10mbps service at say $30/month? Could the Telcos provide it at that price and have margin? That’s where the rubber meets the road.
Well it looks like the merger of VZW and AllTel is nearing its conclusion. Yep with full scale body losses. RIFF. You’re Fired!, Asta la Vista baby. –
According to an Associated Press report, when Verizon Wireless’ purchase of Alltel finalizes, the carrier plans to keep a regional headquarters in Alltel’s base city of Little Rock. However, the existing Alltel headquarters in Little Rock has 3,000 employees. Verizon Wireless will cut that number down to 100, likely getting rid of top executive positions and midlevel positions.
Unemployment scares aren’t in the too-near future though. According to the report, Verizon Wireless President and CEO Lowell McAdam said he hopes for the merger to close by the year’s end, and that staffing decisions wouldn’t be finalized until after that date.
Down to a 100! Lets see what they will keep is the regional regulatory manager, the building maintenance crew, the landscape contractor and the security guards. The last three they keep because they are required to by either union, contract or insurance requirements. Oh the regulatory guy? Well somebody has to smooze with the pols. The rest?– gone. Which is a crying shame. AllTel was a well run company.
MetroPCS has signed a deal for a build out of its network into new markets. Provider will be Alcatel-Lucent. —
MetroPCS Communications Inc. inked a three-and-a-half year contract extension with Alcatel-Lucent, which covers the buildout of the flat-rate carrier’s AWS spectrum holdings in seven major metropolitan areas. Financial terms of the deal were not revealed.
MetroPCS scored the new markets through the Federal Communications Commission’s advanced wireless services auction last year.
The contract will see Alcatel-Lucent’s CDMA infrastructure put to use in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas and Los Angeles. Alcatel-Lucent will provide MetroPCS with a range of base stations in new and existing markets, and will also provide maintenance and other services for network optimization, design and engineering.
Linky to full article.
OneMax in concert with Alacatel-Lucent has implemented what is the first wide area deployment of 802.16. Not only that but they demonstrated transition capability of the service tower to tower.
“This achievement highlights the readiness of our network today, to offer a whole new range of compelling broadband services to residents of the Dominican Republic as well as visitors,” said Raoul Fontanez, Onemax’s CEO. “This collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent’s also is enabling us to give our customers and other distinguished guests a taste of some of the more advanced multimedia services that we will be able to introduce in the future.”