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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

COPPERING UP - The issue...

In the March 2015 issue of Total Telecom+ we talk copper ahead of the Total Telecom Gigabit Copper conference on the 25 March in Munich.

Technology - Operators are keen to get the most out of their copper before investing heavily in FTTH

Business - Fibre uptake is accelerating in Europe but the continent still needs to up its game.

Geography - Italy can it catch up on high-speed broadband?

Event: Come to Gigabit Copper to discover the opportunity - operators register for limited free places.

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015 appears to have everything telcos need to succeed

" appears to have everything telcos need to succeed" - this is the view of Oliver Johnson, CEO of Point Topic, who is chair of +Total Telecom Gigabit Copper conference, taking place in Munich in March [download the brochure here]

To understand more about what offers you, view the introduction video from our partners +Sckipio

If you come to the event, you'll also get to meet Trevor Linney of BT - you can see him talking about on this video: Using G.Fast technology to deliver fibre-like speeds over copper and representatives from organisations including:

If you are interested to know more about joining the leaders in superfast broadband, download the event brochure

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Robin Mersh, CEO, Broadband Forum talks: " is a low cost, low power, low complexity solution"

Gigabit Copper

Robin Mersh joined the Broadband Forum as Chief Operating Officer in July 2006, and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in July 2010. Robin has authored many articles and has spoken at and chaired many broadband industry conferences and exhibitions, and has worked in the telecommunications industry for over 18 years.

TT: How fast is fast enough?

RM: This depends on the services being delivered. However, what the operator needs is enough flexibility to deliver the correct bandwidth, wherever it is needed, at a competitive price. is the latest and greatest generation of DSL technology being specified by ITU-T and has been developed to help operators meet broadband targets by expanding the footprint of their fiber networks. It is a global solution for service providers looking to meet the growing customer demand and will provide from 300 to 800 Mbps with fast, cost-effective deployment, a breakthrough in self-install capabilities due to a unique reverse-power feature, and even the option to use the technology for mobile backhaul.

TT: Why is copper still important? 

RM: Copper is still extremely important as it is widely deployed in operator networks and can deliver all the services in a modern broadband network. Through our work at the Broadband Forum, we aim to give operators a way to boost their existing copper deployments as a valuable part of the multi-access platform that is emerging around the world. Technologies such as and high speed VDSL2 work well with fiber, providing operators the ability to capitalize on existing investments, whilst effectively engineering hybrid FTTx solutions to minimize costs, all the while maximizing the speed and reach of their superfast broadband networks. We provide the tools necessary for service providers to transform copper deployments into high speed DSL access, giving it renewed value and making it a key player in today’s converged superfast broadband network.

TT: Is fiber in competition or complimentary to copper prolonging technology? 

RM: is complementary and designed to support Fiber To The Distribution Point (FTTdp) deployments and may be the best thing that has ever happened to deliver 'fiber' speeds. It operates over the final copper drop wires between the fiber termination at the Distribution Point Unit (DPU) and the user. This is typically 50 to 100 metres, but is specified to operate up to at least 250 metres. is attractive to operators because it is a low cost, low power, low complexity solution that combines the best aspects of Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) and legacy ADSL2. Specifically, FTTH-like data rates (up to 1 Gbit/s) along with customer self-install (there’s no need for truck rolls to bury fiber on customer property or for technician appointments to install equipment in customer premises).

The specifications, test plans and...To read the rest of Robin's interview then view the Telecoms leaders interviews.

Robin will be speaking at Gigabit Copper on 25th March (Munich). To attend book your place now

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

12 acronyms you need to know!

I love this from our friends at Sckipio, their media primer. I hint of tongue in cheek, but their 12 key pronunciations are fab....

 Key Pronunciation Guide
  • dot fast
  • ITU:eye tee you
  • Gbps:Gigabits per second (billion bits)
  • Mbps:Megabits per second (million bits)
  • Kbps:kilobits per second (thousand bits)
  • Telco:tell ko (like co in Pepsico)
  • FTTH: fiber to the home
  • FTTdp: fiber to the distribution point
  • DSLAM:dee slam
  • DOCSIS:dock sis (like sister)
  • MDU:either em dee you (or multi-dwelling units)
  • TDD: either tee dee dee (or time division duplexing)
Sckipio are one of the sponsors of Gigabit Copper, hosted by Total Telecom in Munich on the 25 March. Find out more about the event or to book, visit the website