ORLANDO, Fla. — Want to watch UHDTV? Try your telco's copper. The first ultra-high-definition (UHD) content delivered to a 4K TV over existing twisted-pair copper infrastructure of telecommunication companies (telcos) was demonstrated at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2015, Jan. 6-9, Las Vegas). Sckipio Technologies' (Ramat Gan, Israel), which makes G.fast (pronounced gee dot fast) chipsets, claims DSL cannot deliver UHD 4K TV, but its G.fast ultra-broadband networks can over standard telco twisted-pair copper lines.
Demonstrated for the first time at CES, 4K TV can now be delivered from Netflix and other providers by simply swapping out consumers current equipment for a G.fast model, according to David Baum, CEO of Sckipio Technologies, in a press statement. Baum claims that up to 16 concurrent subscribers can be supported with 4K TV per telco distribution point.
G.fast for UHD 4K TV was just approved by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) last month and delivers up to 1 Gbit per second (Gbps) over standard copper telephone lines. The typical infrastructure uses fiber lines to deliver high-definition signals -- 200Mbps per four subscribers -- to a distribution point close to 16 subscriber homes. From there G.fast delivers the UHD 4K TV signal over standard copper lines for the last 400 meters (1,312 feet).
So far, Sckipio only has a reference designs for a 16-port distribution point unit (DPU) feeding 16 Sckipio CP-1000-EVM over 50 meters (164 feet) to consumer premises equipment (CPE) connected to a set-top box or in some cases directly to the 4K TV. On this set up, each G.fast 4K video stream delivered about 65Mbps.
The set-up also included the first OpenFlow demonstration over a commercial G.fast distribution point unit. The open framework should speed telco adoption over proprietary alternatives, according to Baum, who noted that OpenFlow is a more modern way to control data flow by serving as the enabling component in a software defined network. SDNs allow quick configuration by telcos for independent point-to-point connections.
Baum promised that its demonstrated reference design will be available in commercial units by the end of 2015.
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The system architecture allows operator's network to provide UHD content to 4K TVs wired with normal twisted-pair copper.
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