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 (NYSE: ALU) in Foshan, a city in Guangdong province in southern China.
During the trial, China Telecom tested Alcatel-Lucent's ISAM-based end-to-end System Level Vectoring solution, including the 7302 ISAM and G.vector customer premises equipment (CPE).
Although China Telecom has been an advocate of fiber to the premises (FTTP), VDSL2 vectoring can provide complementary higher speeds to its existing DSL customer base.
The service provider's move to expand broadband speeds over its existing copper networks will also help it fulfill the government's "China Broadband" initiative, which aims to bring broadband connections to over 250 million urban and rural homes by 2015.
Alcatel-Lucent's agreement with China Telecom also illustrates the vendor's ongoing momentum in the VDSL2 vectoring market segment. To date, 11 service providers are deploying its VDSL2 vectoring solutions, while over 40 are involved in trials.
Besides its work with China Telecom and AT&T (NYSE: T) in the United States, much of Alcatel-Lucent's VDSL2 vectoring momentum has been seen in Europe where it is in the midst of various deployments and trials with large Tier 1 telcos including Belgacom, TDC Denmark, Telekom Austria and Türk Telekom.
While VDSL2 with vectoring is still arguably a nascent concept, a Broadband Trends report forecast that 27 percent of global VDSL2 ports will be vectored by 2017.
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