TDS Telecom takes a proactive, practical approach to its VDSL2 migration

Ken Paker, TDS TelecomKen Paker, vice president of network services at TDS Telecom (NYSE: TDS) admits that while he's an advocate of broadband DSL technologies, they don't always live up to their advertised promise.

This was not the case with the TDS' deployment of VDSL2 across 20 of its 30 operating states.

 "Some of the previous DSL technologies I think had a tendency to be oversold, but it looks like in the case of VDSL2 it was what we expected," Paker said.

Typical of all ILECs, TDS has followed the evolutionary path on its last mile copper network, deploying ADSL, ADSL2+ and now VDSL2 across its diverse 30 state market footprint.

During Q1 2011, TDS will expand its VDSL2 reach to 13 additional states, reaching subscribers across hundreds of nodes embedded in nearly 150 networks.

The latest move to expand its VDSL2 footprint follows TDS' initial VDSL2 rollout in seven states, including Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Vermont, and Wisconsin over its existing Calix C7 network gear.

"We've been very interested in VDSL2 for a number of years, but we've been in a holding pattern for a number of years until the technologies became available in the latter half of 2010 so we were reasonably proactive in getting that deployed across our Calix infrastructure," he said.

TDS Telecom takes a proactive, practical approach to its VDSL2 migration
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