Speaking at the Broadband World Forum Europe 2004, the Forum's chief marketeer, Jay Fausch of Alcatel SA (NYSE: ALA; Paris: CGEP:PA), noted there are, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), currently 1.1 billion copper access lines deployed globally at present.
"Every person served by copper is a potential DSL customer, and it's possible to reach them all," enthuses Fausch.
That means only 7 percent or so of lines are currently broadband-enabled. And even while that small number represents the easiest and most cost-effective lines to deploy, the remaining 93 percent still offers enormous potential for broadband access vendors.
So, in the spirit of unbridled optimism that is permeating this event, the Forum has launched a white paper, called "DSL Anywhere," to provide carriers with all the various technical options they can take to upgrade the remaining 1 billion-plus lines, including how to extend the reach of DSL, the possibilities of low-frequency DSL, ways to improve the conditioning and qualification of the copper plant, and the deployment of loop extenders.
Fausch also offers up a menu of statistics, the highlights of which are:
— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading
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- The coming Light Reading Webinar:
— Multiservice IP in Access Networks
- The Light Reading Insider reports:
— Next-Gen DSL Deluge
— Broadband Access: Last Mile, Last Chance?
- The Heavy Reading reports:
— Telco Triple Play: The DSL Imperative
— Next-Generation DSL Equipment: The Path to Profitability
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