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G.fast - new promise to make out the most of the copper in the last mile

Published: 2015-07-01

In the late 90s, in the context of rising competition in Europe, the copper last mile networks were often described as the incumbents’ "gold veins". Nevertheless, this "gold" needed to be polished up because of the increasing demand for bandwidth and competitors who either upgraded their coaxial cable infrastructure or started to deploy new fibre optic or hybrid fibre-coaxial-based access networks. xDSL technologies proved to be the ideal solutions to make the most out of the existing copper infrastructure, notably in those countries or areas where fibre deployment was not especially pushed or focused (e.g. by state subsidies or national "action plans") or where it simply was too cost-intensive.

Published: 2015-07-01

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