New technology may boost copper wiring

Jul 15, 2014 | 06:14 PM | Saranya Kapur

Tags  copper, fiber-optic, broadband, Alcatel-Lucent, International Copper Association, Bell Labs, Hal Stillman, Saranya Kapur

NEW YORK — The use of copper wiring in broadband data transmission has been given a shot in the arm after a new technology from Alcatel-Lucent set a world record for data transmission speeds over copper telephone lines.

Alcatel-Lucent research arm Bell Labs has developed a technology called XG-Fast, which reached a top speed of 10 gigabits per second over copper wire.

"This is much faster than other technology we have seen so far," said Hal Stillman, head of research, development and technology transfer initiatives at the International Copper Association.....

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