ASSIA Experts Agree Vectored DSL Is the Right Path for Australia and Key to Affordable Plan for 100 Mbps

Mon Apr 8, 2013 10:51pm EDT

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  REDWOOD CITY, CA, Apr 08 (Marketwired) -- 
ASSIA, Inc., a leading solutions company for broadband service providers,
today applauded the proposal in Australia to use vectored DSL to bring
100 Mbps quickly to nearly all Australians. ASSIA experts invented
vectoring about 10 years ago amid industry skepticism that the technology
would ever achieve the high speeds promised. In the past two years,
however, field trials and early deployments are delivering on that

    "Broadband technology has advanced considerably since the National
Broadband Network plan was conceived in 2008, and DSL offers a powerful
alternative that can actually bring more bandwidth into a neighborhood
than GPON fiber and at 10 percent to 20 percent of the cost," said Dr.
John Cioffi, ASSIA Chairman and CEO. "ASSIA continues to develop
solutions, including advanced wireless network capabilities, to allow
customers to take advantage of high speeds quickly and at modest cost." 

    Today, service providers around the world are planning or implementing
vectoring, and as momentum continues to grow, vectoring stands to augment
DSL's position worldwide as the leading residential fixed-access
technology. ASSIA's pioneering work in this field has led to several
examples of vectoring's impressive DSL performance gains, and significant
improvements in the consumer broadband experience:

--  September 14, 2012: Deutsche Telekom announced plans to deploy
    vectoring to help double its super-fast broadband connections from 12
    million to 24 million households by 2016. Two months later, Deutsche
    Telekom reported, "As a result of vectoring, households can enjoy
    download transmission speeds of up to 100 Mbit/s -- that's double the
    present speed of VDSL. Vectoring offers upload speeds of up to 40
    Mbit/s. Telekom has announced that it wants to invest about EUR 6
    billion [to] enable 24 million households." A cost of EUR 6 billion
    for 24 million homes equates to $350/home.
--  Josh Taylor of ZDNET Australia reports that Britain also will begin
    vectoring in 2013. He quotes BT's Mike Galvin, "Fibre to the cabinet
    [and DSL for the last mile] is considerably cheaper. It varies from
    site to site, but in brownfields, it is typically four times cheaper,
    maybe even more, [than fibre to the home]."
--  November 7, 2012: AT&T announced that it plans to expand by more
    than one-third its high-speed U-verse network, which combines fiber
    with vectored VDSL, to a total potential of 33 million homes over the
    next three years as part of a $14 billion capital investment plan.
    AT&T also plans to increase downstream Internet speeds to up to 75
    Mbps with the expanded U-verse network.
--  May 10, 2011: Dutch operator KPN announced on its investor day that it
    planned to implement vectoring in the second half of 2012.
--  September 29, 2011: Belgacom announced that it would pave the way for
    next-generation broadband in Europe, with the world's first commercial
    introduction of VDSL2 vectoring.
--  September 29, 2011: Total Telecom wrote that Europe is a prime market
    for vectored VDSL, and cited vectoring tests in France, the UK,
    Austria, the Netherlands, and Italy.


Vectored DSL uses the existing copper for the connection to the
home, avoiding the expensive disruption of digging through streets and
lawns. Each neighborhood has a fiber-fed node, often as small as a pizza
box on the pole or in a cabinet. Eliminating the construction to the home
brings the cost down dramatically and also allows much quicker
deployment. ZDNet's Taylor reports British Telecom is deploying 100,000
homes per week. Deutsche Telekom plans to deploy 24 million homes in four

    Dr. Cioffi, also a Stanford Professor Emeritus, and George Ginis, ASSIA
Vice President of Product Management, are the original inventors of
vectoring technology and related dynamic spectrum management software now
implemented by leading broadband service providers worldwide. ASSIA
Expresse Solutions combine the company's powerful DSL Expresse software
with professional services and best practices to help service providers
address the key business and network challenges they face today,
including increased consumer demand for high-speed broadband.

    About ASSIA, Inc. 
 ASSIA, Inc. is a strategic partner and trusted
solutions vendor to broadband service providers worldwide. ASSIA
solutions enable providers to grow revenues, increase customer
satisfaction, improve operational efficiencies, and deliver new
multimedia content to the broadband-enabled home. ASSIA has more than 60
million broadband lines under contract with top-tier service providers
worldwide and is backed by strategic investors, including AT&T, Mingly
China Growth Fund, SFR Development, Sandalwood Partners, Sofinnova
Partners, Stanford University, Swisscom Ventures, T-Ventures, and
Telefonica. For more information, visit

    Expresse is a registered trademark of ASSIA, Inc.

    "ASSIA" is an acronym for "adaptive spectrum and signal alignment." 

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