Alcatel-Lucent clears path for quick, cost-effective rollout of superfast broadband over existing copper lines with ‘Zero Touch Vectoring’
Posted on: October 9, 2012

Innovation enables service providers to introduce VDSL2 Vectoring technology to accelerate broadband speeds without the need to upgrade every VDSL2 modem on their network

Paris, October 9, 2012 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced an innovation that allows communications service providers to use VDSL2 Vectoring to cost-effectively and efficiently boost broadband access speeds for customers without having to perform costly and time-consuming upgrades to existing technology in every home.

Alcatel-Lucent’s innovation, called ‘Zero Touch Vectoring’, uses sophisticated signal processing to automatically ensure that VDSL2 modems already installed in customers’ homes can continue to run at full speed without undermining the service quality for customers subscribing to higher-speed VDSL2 Vectoring. This eliminates the need to update the firmware on all modems on the network, as was previously necessary.

VDSL2 Vectoring uses existing copper lines for the ‘last mile’ broadband connection to peoples’ homes, providing a quick, cost-effective alternative to large-scale residential fiber optic build-outs. It removes the interference between the VDSL2 lines in a bundle, enabling the delivery of speeds of 100 megabits per second (Mbps).

Teresa Mastrangelo, Principal Analyst at Broadbandtrends, said: “For a service provider, the ability to deliver higher-speed broadband over existing infrastructure provides a time-to-market edge over the competition. Over the past year, service provider interest in VDSL2 Vectoring has accelerated. Innovations like Zero Touch Vectoring remove the final hurdles to mass-market adoption of VDSL2 Vectoring technology. It is good to see Alcatel-Lucent’s extensive field trial experience translates into features that will benefit every operator.”

Since announcing the industry’s first commercial VDSL2 Vectoring solution in September 2011, Alcatel-Lucent has been the only company to support extensive trials and live commercial deployments of VDSL2 Vectoring technology. This early experience has given the company unique insights into the operational implementation of VDSL2 Vectoring and has led to the development of new capabilities. Beyond Zero Touch Vectoring, the company has pioneered techniques to support up to 384 lines in VDSL2 Vectoring systems enabling rollouts in high-density areas, and is introducing advanced troubleshooting capabilities in the Motive Network Analyzer to help ensure high-quality network performance.

Dave Geary, head of Alcatel-Lucent’s Wireline activities, said: “Trials with leading service providers have shown that VDSL2 Vectoring can effectively deliver the kinds of speeds it promised, and we are now starting to engage in mass-market deployments. With our Zero-Touch Vectoring and other innovations we are eliminating the final barriers that service providers around the world have faced – enabling them to deliver higher bandwidths to more subscribers, now.”

Alcatel-Lucent will be showcasing its VDSL2 Vectoring solution at Broadband World Forum in Hall 11. Visit our website to learn more about how service providers can ‘Get to Fast, Faster’ with VDSL2 Vectoring.

ABOUT ALCATEL-LUCENT (EURONEXT PARIS AND NYSE: ALU)
The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leading innovator in the field of networking and communications technology, products and services. The company is home to Bell Labs, one of the world’s foremost research centers, responsible for breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry. Alcatel-Lucent was named one of MIT Technology Review’s 2012 Top 50 list of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies” for breakthroughs such as lightRadio™, which cuts power consumption and operating costs on wireless networks while delivering lightning fast Internet access. Through such innovations, Alcatel-Lucent is making communications more sustainable, more affordable and more accessible as we pursue our mission – Realizing the Potential of a Connected World.

With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most experienced global services organizations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The Company achieved revenues of Euro 15.3 billion in 2011 and is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

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