He joined the AVM GmbH in 2001 and was originally involved in HF Designs and FPGA-based IP development. He has been working in the field of DSL R&D for almost ten years now. Thanks to the large footprint of the AVM GmbH in the
European copper access network market, he has extensive experience in IOP and field deployment issues.
“This presentation will outline the interferences caused by Homeplug AV(2) on serveral copper pair broadband technologies (VDSL2 17a legacy, VDSL2 17a G.Vect, VDSL2 35b G.Vect, G.Fast 106a) through practical considerations and examples. Some lab results will be shown, and ITU-T G.9977 will be briefly presented.”
In 1993, Edo joined the local cable company CAI Harderwijk. As member of the technical staff, he was involved in the professionalization of the coaxial network, including implementation of remote switching of multi-tap devices and digitalisation of the network to make digital television available.
On 1 January 2006 Edo Kweldam was appointed managing director of CAI Harderwijk. Under his leadership, this local player did not merge with other cable companies but innovated independently, in a technical as well as strategic sense. CAI Harderwijk provided a world’s first in 2010 with 100 Mbps symmetrically on DOCSIS 3 across the entire cable network, thus upgrading it to broadband quality.
Strategically CAI Harderwijk developed a network philosophy based on openness and optimal competition between multiple service providers. This focus on the role of network partner led to a ground-breaking collaboration between CAI Harderwijk en Bouwfonds CIF in the rollout of FttH in Harderwijk.
Since 2015, the incumbent DSL operator also offers its services via the Harderwijk glass-fibre network, making all services available via the open-network model.
In 2015 Edo Kweldam received the European Broadband Award out of the hands of the European Commissioner for CAI Harderwijk’s open network.
Meanwhile Edo Kweldam keeps track of international developments within Cable Europe. At a national level, he is active in Dutch Cable and in the Fibre-to-the-Home Platform. Kweldam frequently gives national and international lectures on developments in CAI Harderwijk and on his vision of what lies ahead in the field.
As an incumbent cable operator CAI Harderwijk made an exceptional choice to create a level playing field on the network. CAI Harderwijk retrieved itself as a service operator from the newly deployed fibre to the home network in order to create full structural separation. The sole goal for CAI Harderwijk is now network usage. Services delivered by others on the network became a necessity instead of a threat, and facilitating service providers to reach the end-user instead of competing with them became a new goal. In that level playing field even the DSL-incumbent is using the FttH network for delivering its services to the end-user. In result there is no competition with the infrastructure, only on the infrastructure. The FttH-network is on a steady way of creating the highest possible occupancy rate, with network neutrality as a key factor.
In 1996 he joined the research and development department of Swisscom. Since the early days of the ADSL deployment, he works in the engineering of the copper-based access network, playing an active role in the evolution of the network from ADSL to VDSL2 to vectoring and to G.fast. His areas of expertise include spectrum management issues.
Since 1999, he is Swisscom’s representative at the ETSI TM6 Standards Committee dealing with the European DSL standardization.
G.fast first experiences from the field.
“With a variety of different technologies, currently ranging from ADSL to vectored VDSL2 and to FTTH, it is Swisscom’s objective to offer always the best services to its customers. The next generation of copper-based technology G.fast is in a field trial phase with real customers.
This presentation details the progresses made to bring services on ultrafast-broadband with G.fast to the customers. It contains numerous investigations performed in the lab to topics that influence the bit rate performance and the stability, such as bridged taps and PLC. G.fast performance was evaluated for various cable types and loop lengths. Diverse results from the G.fast field trial with real customers are presented incl. strong effects on the stability of wind in the case of aerial lines.
“In 2005, Lithuania decided to make its efforts to become a modern country with a developed broadband infrastructure. Facing economic and geographical challenges, Lithuanian Government decided to establish a special vehicle Plačiajuostis internetas which has become an important player when we talk about broadband deployment in rural areas. Since 2005, Lithuania has achieved significant results concerning broadband availability. Moreover, Lithuania has developed its unique institutional model of deployment of public broadband. Having DA2020 goals ahead, Lithuania is ready to make them in reality.”
June 30, Barend and Ferry:
Will a Hybrid Fiber Coaxial infrastructure with DOCSIS support future demand for IP(TV)-bandwidth to all (wireless) devices? A question for Cable Operators to answer. IP(TV) traffic growth and migration towards an ALL-IP network was simulated to determine the long term viability of HFC-DOCSIS network and “last decade” on premises . Capacity constrains can be managed by decommissioning legacy services and migrating towards a DOCSIS 3.1 network. Together with the right in home wired and wireless architecture ALL-IP DOCSIS will continue to be an UFBB network delivering IP(TV), Smarthome, Smartgrid and…..
“Wi-Fi consumer networks has developed in an unforeseen and unprecedented manner, and appears to run aground because of spectrum congestion. We will argue that new more advanced technology (802.11, 11a, 11b, 11g, 11n, 11ac,….) will not solve the issue (Tragedy of Commons), and that an appropriate network management solution should be put in place. We will discuss the challenges of Wi-Fi network management in a multi-operator environment, the development of Wi-Fi consumer networking and we will provide an appropriate arrangement with a new business model that includes a new role: that of an independent spectrum usage broker.”
Since then John has been involved in the design, simulation, specification, evaluation, standardisation and deployment of various Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) based digital transmission systems in the UK access network.
He is currently responsible for managing a team of engineers at Adastral Park, Ipswich with a particular interest in evaluating the performance of Next Generation Access (NGA1 and NGA2) transmission systems. In addition, John is Vice Chairman of the ETSI TM6 Standards Committee.
John was awarded the UK IEE/National Physical Laboratory Measurement Prize in 1998 and the BT Gold Award for Innovation in 2011.
John is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
“This paper presents an overview of BT’s network trials of G.fast technology and presents a view of our recent advances in this exciting new technology”.
He is responsible for several dossiers such as the telecommunications framework, cloud computing, big data and eHealth technologies. His duties involve supporting EU policy & regulatory frameworks for the development of high quality Internet and telecommunications services and for establishing cloud computing as a key enabler of economic growth. He is also involved in policies that harness big data and ICT across economic sectors with special emphasis on healthcare.
He participates actively in numerous alliances and trade associations promoting the advancement of digital technologies in Europe.
o works at Intel’s EMEA Global Public Policy team. Mario interacts with European Union Institutions and European governments on policies to promote a Digital Single Market for Europe.
He participates actively in numerous alliances and trade associations promoting the advancement of digital technologies in Europe.
He joined the Alcatel Research Center in Belgium in 1989. In 1992 he started research on ADSL and became a central figure in the team that developed the first commercially available DMT ADSL chipset. In 1995, Paul took the lead for all Alcatel research activities on ADSL and VDSL. In 1999 he was appointed General Manager of the Alcatel VDSL Virtual Company that developed the first DMT VDSL chipset. Since 2002, Paul has been responsible for Alcatel-Lucent’s xDSL technology strategy, a role that he retained after the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent by Nokia.
Paul Spruyt also actively contributed to the standardization of ADSL and VDSL in the former U.S. standardization committee T1E1.4 (now NIPP-NAI). Since 2005, he has been a member of the ARCEP Experts Committee for the introduction of new xDSL technologies in France.
Paul received the Blondel Medal (2000) for his noteworthy scientific and other contributions to the advance of the telecommunications industry in the domains of ADSL and VDSL. He was nominated Alcatel Fellow (2006) and Bell Labs Fellow (2010). In 2015, Paul received a special recognition from the International Telecommunication Union for his outstanding contribution to the advancement and development of ICT worldwide.
Title: Building your fiber broadband business case with copper
“There was a time when we thought of building fiber or copper access networks. Now, all ultra-broadband deployments utilize fiber. The question is how much? With new technologies such as G.fast and VDSL2 35b, both fiber and copper operators are looking to build on their business case with copper in an effort to deliver fiber-like speeds quickly and cost effectively.
In this session, we will review the performance of G.fast and VDSL2 35b in the field, discuss the evolving role of reverse power in FTTx deployments and look to the future in an attempt to identify the next great copper technology.”
“A1 is preparing intensively the deployment of G.fast and VDSL2 35b in its network. The commercial use of these technologies is planned for the end of 2016. After a short overview about the FTTx deployment strategy of A1, the architectural choices for the deployment of G.fast will be presented as well as the development of this architecture over the years. Based on the results from the laboratory at A1 and from the field trial currently running, the challenges and possible solutions related to the loop prequalification for G.fast will be presented into details.”
For the past fourteen years Robert has worked for Orange, initially as a Senior Specialist in the Network Department, and later at Orange Labs, honored with promotion to the position of Expert for Strategic Projects.
His work from the beginning has been focused on next generation access technologies.
His specialization covers R&D work in the area of broadband access network including qualification, maintenance and optimization of service. Robert’s work experience includes project execution within FTTx domain for Orange Group, network management optimization and physical layer communication systems engineering.
Since 2014 Robert is in charge of Technology Innovation Team within Fixed Access Network Development Department of Orange Polska, responsible for cutting edge technologies and innovative ways to deliver fast and reliable access service to end customers.
“Stokab is owned by the City of Stockholm and was founded in 1994. The city has, through Stokab, built a open and operator neutral IT infrastructure for electronic communications, based on the idea that access to fibre infrastructure is a vital utility for the city – just like water. The goal of the Stokab model is to foster the development of Stockholm by contributing to favourable conditions for IT growth in the region. The roll-out of the fibre network has been in line with market development, and the operations are based on customer demand without the involvement of public funding.
Stokab is a non-vertically integrated operator who is charged with the task of providing dark fibre on equal terms. This creates favourable conditions for fibre roll-out and encourages a level playing field at the service level. The cost of fibre network can thus be shared among multiple players without any one party gaining advantage. The fibre is available not only for operators and service providers, but also for other companies and organizations, which can utilize Stokab’s dark fibre products. Several parties sharing the fibre investment can keep the pricing level low, and multiple different broadband networks can be established on this fundamental IT infrastructure. The threshold to establish business is therefore low in Stockholm – a new company entering the market does not need to invest in infrastructure or try to lease the infrastructure from a competitor. Consumer choice thus increases even in markets where there would otherwise be high barriers for new players to enter the market.
The City considers fibre infrastructure a public utility comparable with any other ground based infrastructure, such as roads. This means that this IT infrastructure is regarded not only as an infrastructure for telecom, but also as an infrastructure for society. Stokab has connected houses with around 90% of the households in Stockholm- nearly all the apartment houses – with fibre (FTTH 2 fibres/household) and also nearly all commercial buildings.
Impact on the Stockholm market. The access to fibre creates an intense competitive situation on the broadband market. In Stokab’s fibre network over 100 operators and service providers are operating in the network and over 800 companies and organisations. Stockholm has a 100 % broadband coverage – wired and mobile. There are also three 4G (LTE) networks and four operators, due to the supply of operator neutral fibre.
Impact on the Swedish market. The city networks (170 municipal networks) create an intense competitive structure on the broadband market and thereby give incentives to other private companies to invest in fibre networks. E.g. the incumbent TeliaSonera connects buildings to fibre directly, not to the cabinet. The number of fiber subscriptions are now higher than xDSL
The experiences from Stockholm show that if at least one of the market players do not act further up the value chain, it has a great impact on competition and consumer benefit. It is a platform for the development of the digital market – a platform for society not only for telecom.
The EU is at a turning point regarding the necessary rollout of NGA networks and in a way in order to create an effective and competitive market situation. Measures to create an effective fibre market would be to foster a multitude of infrastructure operators, including publicly owned. Not to create a market for consolidating a few vertically integrated incumbents.
This neutral fiber platform is a future proof foundation for creation of e development of a “Smart City”. A neutral fibre infrastructure that enables asset sharing, convergence, 5G and other access techniques, supporting and managing digital traffic for the city’s IOT-needs and stimulating a multitude of service providers, competition and innovation on the whole market
Local and regional actors can act as an integrator – providing a neutral infrastructural platform – that enables a multitude of actors offering digital services in full competition. A ”Smart City” will require a very robust basic infrastructure, at a reasonable cost, in order to enable the technical demands on economically feasible terms.
All in order to enable social and economical development in the society. Access to fibre is not a question for telecom – it´s a question for society.”
Rob has a Ph.D degree in electronics (1994), graduated in Electronics from Delft University in 1984, and joined in that year KPN Research (which merged into TNO). He is an expert on Broadband access networks, especially on physical layer issues for deploying xDSL technology over twisted pair copper loops. He is the architect of the current Spectral Management policy in the Netherlands, advised the SOO regularly, played a prominent role in ETSI-TM6 and ITU on xDSL standardization, was active in several European initiatives (MUSE, FSAN), and is a driving force in the 4GBB consortium to accelerate the development and deployment of G.fast. His roots are in microwave electronics, antennas, remote sensing, analog electronics and fiber networks.
He is playing a leading role in the 4GBB consortium (2009-now), a multiple awarded European consortium on the development of Gigabit solutions over Copper, resulting in G.fast. An important milestone was that several operators asked in Dec 2010 via the Broadband Forum (initiated by him and by BT) for the standardization of such technology. ITU responded in Feb 2011 on that by starting G.fast. He wrote several ITU contributions, a white paper and articles in magazines and gave technical presentations at Broadband World Forum, G.fast Summit and the yearly DSL Seminar of TNO to bring this concept closer to the market.
He was playing from 1996-2009 a very prominent role in all kinds of xDSL standardization in Europe (ETSI, FSAN), wrote over 100 technical contributions to ETSI in identifying / defining cable models, test loops, noise models, performance tests, and spectral management. This made him the architect of the two Spectral Management standards (ETSI TR 101 830), the way DSL performance tests are currently specified in ETSI standards for VDSL, SDSL and ADSL, and the editor of an ETSI-TM6 reference document on European cables. He also designed solutions for Spectral Management policies in the Netherlands, created various xDSL tools on performance simulation (SPOCS), noise generation and cable model extraction (TICAM) that are currently on the market. He holds a world wide patent on the generation of noise for DSL testing, being the core technology of the majority of today’s DSL noise generators.
He was Board member of the MUSE consortium (2003-2008), a huge FP6 industry consortium on future access networks. He also took a leading position in creating the MUSE Test Suite, a comprehensive document for analyzing access networks as a whole (full service, end-to-end), created by a multi-disciplinary team of experts over a period of four years.
Before 1995, he worked on various aspects of coherent optical transmission systems. His focus was on the design of low noise, wideband optical receivers for light-wave systems, used for both internal as external projects. This resulted in 1994 in a PhD in electronics on Low Noise Wideband Feedback Amplifiers, two patents and several related publications on the characterization of transfer and noise in electrical, optical and acoustical devices. He joined KPN Research in 1985 (that has been incorporated in TNO since 2003), with a background on Microwave technology (antennas, remote sensing).
TITLE: Understanding the dual-slope effect in crosstalk (EL-FEXT)
AUTHOR: Rob F.M. van den Brink:
In 2012, TNO raised awareness in ITU about the observation that crosstalk (EL-FEXT) in cables increases twice as fast above a certain break frequency. Such an increase puts strong demands on vector engines for G.fast and VDSL to cancel out these high crosstalk values as well. The existence of this second order crosstalk effect has been confirmed in ITU (and BBF) by several others and many cable measurements, but a good understanding on the cause of that effect and how it scales with the cable length remained lacking.
This presentation will show that the origin of that second order effect is completely independent from the well-known first order effect, and that they both scale differently with the cable length. Once knowing this, a simple extension to the legacy model for EL-FEXT can model the length dependency of crosstalk quite well
Teun van der Veen is Senior Consultant at TNO in The Hague, The Netherlands. He has been active in telecommunications for over 15 years in different roles.
He is currently responsible for developing and managing R&D projects in the Dutch and European telecom market, with a focus on networks for telecoms. He is managing TNO’s programmes on fixed access and in-home networks, and is responsible for the organisation and agenda of TNO’s Ultra-fast Broadband seminar since its first edition. Finally, he coordinates the commercial activities of the Networks research group, matching knowledge and business in different area’s (e.g. Telecom, Defense and Mobility) for over 50 experts.
Until 2010 he was secretary of the Dutch spectral regulatory forum (“SOO”) where Dutch operators strive towards consensus about the optimal use and spectral management of the copper access network.
Before he joined TNO in 2003, he was lead designer for DWDM (photonics) chips at C2V, Alcatel Optronics and Kymata Netherlands.
Teun holds an MSc degree in Applied Physics from the University of Twente in The Netherlands.
In previous roles in BT he was responsible for BT’s technical standards development programme and he led BT’s DSL engineering team through the halcyon days of early ISDN, HDSL, ADSL broadband development, and birth and roll-out of VDSL technology. He has over 30 years’ experience in the design and development of wireline digital transmission in BT’s access network and international telecommunication standards.
During his career, Kevin has been very active in telecommunication standardisation in ETSI, FSAN, ITU-T, ATIS, the Broadband Forum and the UK NICC. He has published many technical papers and standards contributions. He has also contributed to several books and patents on aspects of DSL engineering.
Kevin received of the BT Chairman’s award for Corporate Social Responsibility and also the BT Gold Award for Innovation in 2011 and the BT Martlesham Medal in 2012 for lifetime achievement.
Kevin is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and a Chartered Engineer. He holds an MSc (with Distinction) in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of London, a BSc (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and a Diploma in Industrial Studies from Loughborough University.
Bart van Remortel is Senior Product- and Market developer at DELTA Retail. As program manager he is responsible for the development of new smart home and smart energy services. His goal is creating new business models on top of the basic products like broadband, fixed telephony and television.
The broadband landscape is changing fast: competition is increasing, new players on the market are rising and appliances are more and more connected. The 3 goals of this presentation is to make you aware of the challenges our sector is facing, inspire how DELTA is dealing with these challenges and give you some take-aways on how your company could benefit and stay ahead of competition.
First as project manager with projects like telephone migration (45.000 lines), raster change and setting up the NOC. Currently as head of Network Operation and Security Operation Center (24/7 NOC/SOC) and as the DELTA/ZeelandNet Information Security Officer (CISSP). Barend is also member of the ISAC-Telecom, O-irt-O and DELTA N.V. Security board.
In collaboration with the NOC, he started in the winter of 2015 an Agile track with a multidisciplinary team to attack the WiFi challenges customers experience in residential areas. Resulting in a roaming WiFi solution for the customers of DELTA/ZeelandNet.
In his free time he experiments with Home-domotica systems, is interested in energy and multimedia transitions, the internet of things , politics, technical deep-diving, but most important husband and father of two daughters in the age of 2 and 5.
Alain Cooreman is DSL Access Network Expert within the Fixed Access Network department of Proximus. He is responsible for the access network architecture evolution, layer 2/3 equipment requirements and the elaboration of the technical specifications in the framework of regulatory files. As from 1999, he has been involved in several network transformation projects like ATM and switching outphasing, FTTC DSL deployment and the introduction of VDSL2 vectoring. He is currently working on the single IP architecture, G.FAST and copper backhauling concept.
“In order to further increase bandwidth and VDSL2 coverage, the deployment of massive additional small remote nodes is under evaluation within Proximus. Although fibre is the ideal backhauling solution, excessive investment cost for fibre laying and long time to market are important constraints. The presentation elaborates on a new concept, using vectored VDSL2 copper bonding as alternative to fibre for the backhauling. We highlight that this new concept can be widely applied within the Proximus network, we evaluate if the solution is future-proof in terms of capacity and we share the results of the Proximus technical field trial involving live customers.”
Steen Garbers Enevoldsen received his MS degree in electronics in 1999 from Aalborg University, Denmark. Steen is a member of the IEEE, and has previously designed xDSL CPE equipment for Intel Corporation, and xDSL IP-DSLAM equipment for Ericsson Corporation. Steen has been an active contributor to the Broadband Forum, where he held a position as editor of TR-067 Issue II. Steen has actively participated in numerous xDSL plugfests held by the ADSL Consortium at University of New Hampshire, as well as plugtest events held by the ETSI plugtest service.
Steen (firstname.lastname@example.org) currently holds a position as Head of Department, Net R&D at Fullrate A/S, a subsidiary of TDC A/S. Responsible for the access platform, provisioning and support systems, and any equipment placed in the subscribers home. Steen has a strong interest in data analysis, decision-aiding systems, and techniques to automatically detect and remedy issues, before the subscriber makes the call to helpdesk.
In-home networking, CPE based tools, and comparison between subjective and objective data.
Massimo has been involved in DSL Standards Development since 1990, having experienced and participated in the evolution of the HDSL, ADSL, VDSL, and G.fast standards. He served as the Chair of ATIS Committee NIPP-NAI (formerly T1E1.4) from 2000-2008, as Vice-chair of the committee from 1994-1999 and from 2008–2011. He was Chair of both the Spectral Compatibility Sub-Committee in NRIC-V (an advisory group to the FCC), as well as the CPE Working Group in the FS-VDSL Committee tasked with defining CPE technical specifications in support of VDSL-based services.
Prior to Qualcomm Technologies, Mr. Sorbara held positions at Ikanos Communications. (subsequently acquired by Qualcomm Technologies) and Conexant. Prior to that, Mr. Sorbara was at AT&T Bell Labs / AT&T Paradyne for ten years, where he was responsible for DSL systems engineering and product definition.
Mr. Sorbara holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College and a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Santa Clara.
SELT for G.fast: Facilitating Customer Self-install and Line Management
“In this presentation we investigate the challenges associated with customer self-install and service line management. A set of tools is described for inclusion in the DSL and G.fast transceivers to address these challenges. The goal is to reduce carrier operational cost due to truck rolls and service calls. We provide an overview of the single-end loop testing (SELT) capability and describe how it can be used for service pre-qualification from the customer premises. Furthermore, we show how SELT can be used to map the home wiring topology and identify service impacting impairments such as wiring faults and in-home noise. A reference model is described for customer self-install, and we discuss how SELT can be used to address the customer self-install process. In conclusion, we provide a summary of the standardization activity supporting customer self-install in the Broadband Forum and ITU-T.”
The last five years, his unlimited skills and knowledge of project management were employed to lead strategic developments in the( DSL-) access area to make broadband DSL possible with introduction of techniques like VDSL (Bonded)Vectoring and Vplus. First as a project manager the last 3 years as development manager Access and responsible for all developments within the( DSL-) access area.
Title: So you have ultra-fast broadband. Now what?
“Delivering ultra-fast broadband to subscribers is only the beginning. With the threat of commoditization, broadband network providers need new ideas – and new ways – for monetizing the connected user. Jason Walls will talk about what the Broadband Forum is doing to provide standardized ways to get the most out of your subscribers and investments, including broadband assured services, virtualization, IoT, and the next generation of TR-069 that creates an intelligent user service platform to develop, deploy, manage, monitor, and troubleshoot these value-add applications.”
For more than 15 years Dennis is involved in the (copper & fiber) access area within KPN. After he received his Physics degree (ing.), he started as all-round specialist at the beginning of the DSL deployment of KPN in the late 90’s. During the following years he (co-)developed the KPN-network to it’s current state with the introduction of different functionalities like ADSL2+, VDSL2-vectoring and 1G-fiber. At his current position (which he holds for 3 years now) he is as an architect involved in all technical innovations and strategies related to the active access for DSL and fiber.
“Customers would like to experience the advantages of internet services any place, anywhere, anytime. This presentation shows a practical and esthetic solution to realize an in home network that delivers high quality and high speed internet to each corner of the house.”
Ed is a Principal of Strategy and Policy at Ofcom, the UK communications regulator. Ed has worked in Ofcom’s Strategy Team for nearly six years. He has run in-house strategy projects on a range of telecoms and broadcasting subjects at Ofcom, specialising in commercial telecoms strategy and the strategy of telecoms regulation.
Ed managed the recent Strategic Review of Digital Communications (DCR), the first holistic review of Ofcom’s telecoms strategy in 10 years. The review considered questions such as how to promote the deployment of ultra-fast broadband, how to improve quality in the sector, and whether the structure of BT Group needs to change to support investment and competition. He is now responsible for coordinating the implementation programme across Ofcom, and chairs the DCR Implementation Board.”
“Ed will set out the background and conclusions of Ofcom’s recent review of its strategy. He will focus on the major shifts in approach to promoting competition, investment in ultrafast services and improving quality of service.”