Online video is revolutionising the internet. Consumers now expect high speed upload and download broadband services that allow them to stream HD video without buffering as well as broadcast livestreams on platforms like YouTube.
Communications providers around the world are searching for ways to make their income streams more diverse and increase profits while also being confronted with the expense of upgrading legacy systems. Getting customers online is not the issue, it’s providing them with the super high-speed service they expect in today’s highly-connected, face-paced digital media era.
While there is often a lot of talk about high-speed fibre-optic broadband, many people don’t know that most homes in the UK still have old copper telephone wire connecting their property to the local telecommunications exchange and subsequently the internet.
Network performance can be boosted with vectoring. Vectoring can be implemented as a stand-alone modification or in bonded pairs. A good hybrid vectored network setup incorporates fibre for major links while utilising existing paired copper wires for the last mile of the connection.
Hybrid Networks In Practice
The exponential growth in the popularity of data-intensive broadband and multimedia services such as digital marketing and podcast recording studio, has become somewhat of a double-edged sword for internet service providers. With revenue from landline voice calls plummeting, increasing consumer expectations, and intense competition from broadband providers, offering service bundles, especially those that include 4K TVs, is a core survival strategy.
While conventional knowledge leads people to believe that only FTTH (fibre-to-the-home) network infrastructure arrangement delivers high bandwidth performance, there are alternative options. Less expensive to deploy than traditional systems, VDSL is considered by many to be next-generation DSL technology. The hybrid network system provides great benefits over single wire connections. The key to further deployment of VDSL services depends on the overall capacity of the copper legacy network, its reach and stability.
As VDSL technology continues to advance, more high performance vectored network services can be offered for HD multimedia streaming services. With stronger bonded copper pairs and reduced costs, properties closest to a centralised distribution centre, as well as those located in rural regions can now benefit from high-speed broadband services.
Leveraging Legacy Infrastructure
Pair-reinforced VDSL is a suitable arrangement when a subsequent wire is accessible at the end client’s premises. Broadened reach and rates bring about lower costs since fewer cabinets are needed. These extended abilities and brought down expenses of half and half systems enable telecommunications providers to update their network infrastructure even if doing so in the current economic market is disadvantageous.
In spite of the fact that cutting-edge broadband services using legacy copper wires offer fast and simple implementation, they’re restricted by distance. Urban regions tend to be selected first for the installation of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks. Meanwhile, homes and business in more rural areas often can’t access fast broadband connections due to the large distances between properties and telecommunications exchanges. As well as distance limitations, wire quality, termination point age, and presence of crosstalk in network cables all have to be taken into account by service providers.
Signal loss in a twisted pair wire as a result of long line distances in combination with crosstalk by signals in wires pairs that are adjacent means there are big limitations on the deployment of VDSL (Very-high-bitrate Digital Subscriber Line) services in many areas. As a result, many suburban and rural businesses and homes may be waiting years for VDSL services.
Current advantages in hybrid network technology make VDSL services the go-to for communication providers selling high-speed multimedia streaming packages. Incremental improvements and new technologies are helping to extend the reach of such services and eliminate some of the line performance limitations caused by traditional copper wire legacy telecommunication networks.