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China Telecom Targets 2009 for VDSL2 Launch

CWW, 5/21/08

At the IEEE World Communications Summit's Forum on Broadband Technology Development, China Telecom (NYSE: CHA; 0728.HK) Chief Engineer Wei Leping said that two rounds of testing during H2 2007 showed that VDSL2 did not appear to have any problems, and predicted that the technology could go into large-scale commercial applications in early 2009.

Wei said that the main challenge with VDSL2 would be from the lack of practice with the technology on any large commercial scale, adding that equipment costs would have to drop further, and that home network gateway equipment with VDSL2 'onramp ports' would have to be developed.

Editor's note: VDSL2 is the newest and most advanced standard of DSL broadband wireline communications. As an enhanced version of VDSL, VDSL2 can exploit the existing infrastructure of copper wires to provide services such as high definition television (HDTV), video-on-demand, videoconferencing, high-speed internet connection, and VoIP.

Keywords: IEEE World Communications Summit Wei Leping VDSL2 convergence 0728.HK CHA China Telecom telecom DSL

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