ITU moves forward with for high-speed internet over copper

The new standard for very high-speed broadband services over existing copper wires has taken a step closer towards realisation after an ITU study group approved a recommendation that specifies methods to minimise the risk of equipment interfering with broadcast services such as FM radio.

The Geneva meeting of ITU-T Study Group 15 paves the way for the standard to be approved early next year. is designed to enable high-speed downloads over copper for a distance up to 250 meters, removing the need to install fibre between street-level distribution points and individual properties. According to the ITU, could see speeds of up to 1Gbps delivered over existing copper plant.

The standard is being coordinated with the Broadband Forum’s system architecture project, Fibre to the Distribution Point (FTTdp). The ITU-T and the Broadband Forum have been working to ensure that solutions can be easily placed into FTTdp deployments.

“ is an important standard for service providers globally,” said Tom Starr, chairman of ITU-T Study Group 15, Working Party 1, which oversees the effort. “Service providers will be able to deliver fibre-like performance more quickly and more affordably than with any other approach.”