Rumors of Copper’s Death are NOT Greatly Overexaggerated…
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As ultra-high speed network deployments continue to progress, operators must manage their exit from the copper era.
Aging copper-based infrastructures are increasingly costly to maintain, especially when the operator is faced with rising customer expectations for network performance and quality of service impacted by FTTP standards. Over the past two years, incumbent operators have started to announce their copper switch-off dates and to implement the decommissioning of their legacy networks.
The recent report titled “Copper Switch-Off - Economic Analysis and Operator Experiences of Decommissioning Copper”, shares firsthand experiences with copper switch-off initiatives in Europe, Asia, and North America. The report aims to provide an in-depth view of how copper decommissioning initiatives take place, what is at stake for the various parties, and how players balance the many diverse and sometimes countervailing interests at work behind the switch-off of legacy networks.