Pakistan’s PTCL is injecting a serious boost into its DSL network through VDSL2 bonding technology.
The technology will enable the telecommunications provider to provide existing DSL customers broadband speeds of up to 50 Mbps, revealed Alcatel-Lucent, the telecommunications equipment maker that is supplying the VDSL2 bonding gear.
PTCL’s top executive said the project, which should be completed by the end of the second quarter, is a big deal around the world.
“PTCL is the first service provider worldwide to deploy a commercial VDSL2 bonding solution that aims at doubling the bandwidths provided to its existing customers," PTCL President and CEO Walid Irshaid said.
VDSL offers service providers a less expensive alternative to building expensive fiber networks to homes, but analysts say the technology is not as fast as fiber to the home. VDSL costs a service provider $200 to $300 per home passed, and that's significantly cheaper than fiber to the premises ($600 to $700), according to iSupply.
In a research note on Jan. 27, iSupply also noted that the actual speeds of VDSL are lower than the advertised speeds and are based on such factors as the location of the broadband subscriber and network congestion.