Monday, March 07, 2016

DSL faces obsolescence -- with no successor in place

Two Tales of DSL | POTs and PANs: But the problem for all DSL providers is that within a few years the demand for broadband speed is going to exceed their capabilities. The statistic that I always like to quote is that household demand for broadband speeds doubles about every three years. This has happened since the earliest days of dial-up. One doesn’t have to chart out too many years in the future when the speeds that can be delivered on DSL are not going to satisfy anybody.
Telecom consultant Doug Dawson lays out the disconcerting reality that is a major manifestation of America's telecommunications infrastructure crisis. Digital subscriber line (DSL) technology was put in place as a temporary method of enabling Internet protocol service over twisted pair copper cable that delivered voice service pre-Internet. The problem is there is no succession plan to replace the copper with modern fiber to the premise (FTTP) technology as I discuss in my recent eBook Service Unavailable: America's Telecommunications Infrastructure Crisis.

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