Monday, 18 December 2017

G.fast forward to copper and fibre harmony

By Ronan Kelly, Adtran
Monday 21 July 14

Service providers believe that the smart money is on an incremental investment strategy.

Remember when the copper versus fibre debate was at its silliest? Picture the scene about five to 10 years ago: it's late on the first evening of some telco convention or other, and the shoptalk in the bar is about the respective longevity of competing transport media. Copper Nut: "….and anyway, at the current rate of extraction, there are about 5 million years of copper reserves in the earth's crust…" Fibre Zealot: "Ha - well fibre's constituent ingredient is basically sand!" (I won't tell you whose coat I was holding when it turned really ugly…

Remember when the copper versus fibre debate was at its silliest? Picture the scene about five to 10 years ago: it's late on the first evening of some telco convention or other, and the shoptalk in the bar is about the respective longevity of competing transport media. Copper Nut: "….and anyway, at the current rate of extraction, there are about 5 million years of copper reserves in the earth's crust…" Fibre Zealot: "Ha - well fibre's constituent ingredient is basically sand!" (I won't tell you whose coat I was holding when it turned really ugly…

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