BBWF 2010: Ikanos Boasts 100Mbit/s DSL
Chip vendor Ikanos Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: IKAN) has announced its NodeScale Vectoring chipset based on the International Telecommunication Union, Standardization Sector (ITU-T) 's G.vector (Level 3 Dynamic Spectrum Management) standard that can enable DSL downstream speeds of 100 Mbit/s or more.
The Ikanos chipset has already been deployed by Chinese vendor ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763), which is showing off a DSLAM incorporating NodeScale Vectoring line cards on the exhibition floor here in Paris.
And while it's good news for network operators that they can get more life out of their copper plant, it maybe isn't such good news for those trying to persuade carriers The significance of this move is summed up by Ikanos CEO John Quigley in his company's press release: The new technology, he claims, will "deliver the performance of fiber at one-tenth the cost of fiber-to-the-home."
That's all very well, but by the time G.vector-based central office and customer premises equipment (CPE) is deployed in production networks on any sort of scale, will fiber access technologies have moved on to the next level of broadband speeds? (See No Sure Bets in NG PONs.)
News of the Ikanos development comes only days after Dynamic Spectrum Management (DSM) pioneer Assia Inc. announced an extension of its Level 1 DSM management capabilities, and its first Level 2 DSM product. (See ASSIA Gets Behind DSL Management .)
Advances such as the new Ikanos chipset are good news for ASSIA, which has developed software that manages broadband networks incorporating DSM-based technology. In addition, ASSIA holds hundreds of patents that are used to develop DSM-based products.
— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading