Israel's Bezeq turns on 200 Mbps VDSL2 service

Israel's Bezeq has turned up the heat in the DSL speed race with its new 200 Mbps VDSL2 service.

The latest 200 Mbps service, which leverages Nokia Siemens Networks' VDSL2 equipment, follows the debut of its 50 Mbps service. Bezeq claims that the new service will enable a host of services including IPTV channels, telemedicine, online gaming and new video services such as 3D TV.

Similar to the 50 Mbps service, Nokia Siemens Networks provided its VDSL2 solution set, including its Multi Service Access Nodes (MSAN). For Nokia Siemens Networks, the new service much like last year's 50 Mbps drive, serves as further validation for its near-term strategy of focusing on developing hybrid copper/fiber Fiber to the Node (FTTN)-based broadband access solutions yet keeping an eye on future Fiber to the Home deployments.

Although the rate and reach of VDSL2 can be improved with bonding more copper pairs, what's not clear about the 200 Mbps service is how many of Bezeq's customers are eligible for the service or how it will be priced against its existing 50 Mbps service and legacy ADSL services?

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