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Future Cable / DSL Services (100Mbps)

Posted: 30th Mar, 2004 By: MarkJ
The Fast Net Futures conference in Santa Clara (CA) appears to be revealing a lot about future DSL and cable broadband technology. Two DSL manufacturers, Ikanos and Metalink, have already showcased networks running at up to 150Mbps via single-pair copper wires:

Both companies have announced Japanese and Korean telcos are going to use their chip sets to deliver 100Mbps service at distances up to 300 meters. Both companies are making noises of pushing DSL single-pair copper performance to a mind-blowing 150 Mbps and to extend distances for faster speeds as well.

Alternatively, the signal processing capability can be used to extend service distances over existing copper plant, trading off lower speed for longer distance; Metalink can currently offer DSL-speed service at distances of up to 5 kilometers.

Cable companies will also layout their visions of the future at Fast Net Futures and their roadmaps to deliver service of at least 50-100 Mbps over existing cable plant within the next few years. Sigh. Guess I'm going to have to get another cable modem, but it's a small price to bear for such blinding speeds.


Don't expect to see this in the UK anytime soon, only one operator (Bulldog) has even begun to confirm future services (ADSL2 based) and those are a generation or two behind what's touted above. More @ The Inquirer.
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