Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) 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.
Vectoring enables higher theoretical rates of up to 100 Mbps over existing copper connections of up to 440 meters by coordinating all VDSL2 pairs in the cable in an effort to cancel noise.
To date, Alcatel-Lucent has racked up 11 customers using VDSL2 and vectoring, particularly in Europe, including Belgacom and Telekom Austria A1. In addition it is involved in over 40 trials with TDC Denmark, China Telecom, and, with P&T Luxembourg it is using a combining VDSL2 vectoring with bonding.
Analysts are taking notice of the VDSL2 and vectoring trend.
Broadbandtrends, an independent analyst firm, wrote in their VDSL2 Vectoring Report that they predict that all VDLS2 lines shipped from 2014 onwards will be vector-capable, reaching a total installed base of 59 million vectoring lines by 2017.
While still early in the game, hybrid copper/fiber-based Fiber to the Node (FTTN) according to a recent Point Topic report, was a major contributor to worldwide broadband growth in 2012.
In 2012, VDSL and VDSL2 grew 27 percent overall, while FTTH grew 3 percent. Overall, FTTx technologies grew 21 percent, beating out cable and DSL, which reported 7.2 and 3.6 percent, respectively.
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