Alcatel-Lucent has announced a new bandwidth-boosting DSL technology called SmartDSL, capable of increasing current broadband access capacity by 30%. Service providers are in a mode of looking for all the bandwidth they can get, so this should be a pretty welcome development. Will it also throw a wrinkle into the plans of any companies that had been considering fiber upgrades? Fiber is still the ideal, but if DSL can better support TV and other new services, some telcos may re-think their road maps.
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