Saturday, 18 November 2017

Copper: speed demon or technology cul-de-sac

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom, at Connected Britain
Wednesday 17 June 15

Alcatel-Lucent unveils G.fast residential gateway, TalkTalk focuses on fibre launch, and INCA predicts the end of the road for copper networks but sees potential in mining their worth.

The debate over the future potential of copper networks heated up at Connected Britain this week. While some industry stakeholders are predicting the end of the road for copper, others are pushing ahead with plans to bring G.fast technology to market. "There will always be a space" for all technologies in the evolving broadband ecosystem, said David Cullen, chairman of the Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA), a group representing alterative broadband operators in the U.K. However, there is one exception. While the likes of satellite and fixed wireless access options will continue to find a niche…

The debate over the future potential of copper networks heated up at Connected Britain this week. While some industry stakeholders are predicting the end of the road for copper, others are pushing ahead with plans to bring G.fast technology to market. "There will always be a space" for all technologies in the evolving broadband ecosystem, said David Cullen, chairman of the Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA), a group representing alterative broadband operators in the U.K. However, there is one exception. While the likes of satellite and fixed wireless access options will continue to find a niche…

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