By the year 2018 there will 940 million wireline broadband subscribers worldwide, according to a Point Topic forecast, up from 643.8 million at the end of 2012.
Alcatel-Lucent's 8.6 percent gain in its fixed network unit during the first quarter was largely driven by strong VDSL2 and vectored equipment shipments at a time when traditional wireline telcos are looking for ways to enhance the speeds on their copper-based networks.
Alcatel-Lucent continues to make a name for itself in the growing VDSL2 and vectoring space, reporting that it has shipped its one millionth VDSL2 vectoring line, a technology that enables traditional telcos to get higher speeds out of their existing copper networks.
Fiber to the home may be the last-mile endgame, but hybrid copper/fiber-based VDSL and VDSL2 drove up the number of broadband subscribers worldwide to more than 643 million, a new Point Topic report reveals.
Deutsche Telekom has received got conditional approval from the country's telecom regulator to move ahead with upgrading its existing copper plant with VDSL2 and vectoring technology to more effectively compete with cable competitors.
China Telecom is one of many incumbent telcos finding new life in their copper plant by completing a VDSL2 with vectoring trial with Alcatel-Lucent in Foshan, a city in Guangdong province in southern China.
Vodafone is negotiating a wholesale VDSL2 service arrangement with Deutsche Telekom to deliver a new TVG service over the German incumbent's copper-based last mile network.
Twin Cities, Minn.-based Warner Properties Communications will use VDSL2 technology to deliver a triple play of voice, video and high-speed data services using equipment supplied by Zhone Technologies, the two companies said.
VDSL2 networks took another step forward as ADTRAN, Alcatel-Lucent and 13 other vendors met at the UNH InterOperability Laboratory in Durham, N.H. to conduct interoperability testing of the ITU-T G.vector standard.
P&T Luxembourg on Wednesday became the latest European telco to begin testing Alcatel-Lucent's vectoring technology in combination with VDSL2 bonding as a way to deliver higher speed data services to comply with the government's Ultra High BroadBand plan.