OTE rolling with VDSL to make up for fibre delays

13 Jul 2009

Greek incumbent telco OTE has chosen to deploy VDSL-based copper line technology to boost its broadband internet speeds and overcome delays in a government-funded EUR2 billion (USD2.8 billion) fibre-optic rollout, Reuters reports. ‘We have decided to proceed with VDSL as quickly as possible as an interim solution,’ OTE’s CEO Panagis Vourloumis told reporters last week, referring to a plan to directly connect more than half of Greek households with fibre technology by 2013, which is running behind schedule due to bureaucratic obstacles. VDSL, costing around a fifth of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) deployments, enables download speeds up to a maximum of 50Mbps at short distances from the local exchange, compared to the 100Mbps+ performance achievable using fibre. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database OTE launched ADSL2+ services over its copper last mile network in May 2007, giving a maximum downlink speed of 24Mbps.

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