New consortium to push DSL speeds

OCTOBER 10, 2006 -- ECI Telecom has announced the formation of a new consortium designed to spearhead the development and implementation of Dynamic Spectrum Management (DSM).

OCTOBER 10, 2006 -- ECI Telecom (search for ECI Telecom) has announced the formation of a new consortium designed to spearhead the development and implementation of Dynamic Spectrum Management (DSM).

DSM is a promising technology that the consortium hopes will provide reliable, fiber-optic-like rates over existing copper infrastructure. If successful, DSM is expected to have a significant impact on the market, as the DSL industry is looking for ways beyond VDSL2 to increase subscriber broadband rates.

ECI Telecom is leading this consortium; other members include carriers Telefonica and Bezeq; vendors including Actelis, RIT Technologies, and Amethist; and such academic institutions as the Technion, Bar Ilan University, and Tel Aviv University.

The group is funded with an expected grant of 8 million Euros ($10 million) over the next three years, and is being financed by the Chief Scientist Office of the Israeli Government.

"The main obstacle for the advancement of DSL technology is the interference ("crosstalk") generated from different DSL lines that share the same telephone cable binder," said Professor John Cioffi, professor of engineering at Stanford University, a pioneer of DSM research who is also recognized as the inventor of the DMT line code. "DSM is a promising technology for the future evolution of broadband access networks using existing copper infrastructure."

"DSM is the next step in the evolution of telcos' access infrastructure. It will allow telcos to provide high-bandwidth services cost-effectively by leveraging FTTC topologies rather than replacing all copper wires with fiber optics until the subscriber premises (FTTH)," said Zvika Weinshtock, vice president, marketing of ECI Telecom's Broadband Access Division of ECI Telecom. "We are proud to be leading the vision and development of this consortium for DSL technology and working together with other industry and academia members to better our technological expertise and competitiveness in the global DSL market."

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