GTA TeleGuam, a provider of complete communications services on Guam Island, announced that it has started testing a new broadband access technology, Very high-speed Digital Subscriber Line 2 "VDSL2," for faster Internet connections.
GTA (News - Alert) TeleGuam's communications services on Guam includes local and long-distance telephone service, 3G wireless, DSL Internet access, and advanced digital television, or IPTV (News - Alert). In addition, the company also operates a data center on Guam for offering business data storage and managed wide area networking.
Multiple buried fiber optic network rings and Metro Ethernet access throughout Guam have already been providing access speeds of 25 to 100 megabits per second to most businesses and community anchor institutions on the island, said officials with the company in a press release.
"One of GTA TeleGuam's ongoing initiatives is to bring high performance broadband services to Guam in an easily accessible, cost effective manner," said Dan Moffat, president and CEO of GTA TeleGuam. "VDSL2 enables GTA TeleGuam to cost efficiently upgrade existing xDSL-infrastructure to keep pace with Guam's growing demand for more bandwidth.
VDSL2 is the newest and the second generation standard of DSL broadband wireline communications. It is deployed over existing wiring that is used for standard telephone service and lower-speed DSL connections. It is designed to support the wide deployment of triple-play services such as voice, video, data, high definition television "HDTV" and interactive gaming.
Apart from faster Internet access, VDSL2 can also be leveraged to offer more digital television set-top boxes, more concurrent HD channels, and symmetrical connections.
According to a press release, VDSL2 has the ability to provide up to a ten-fold increase on the speed of the GTA TeleGuam's Spyder Internet access on Guam. This will be the first VDSL2 deployment in the Marianas and among the earliest in the United States. GTA TeleGuam expects to commercially deploy VDSL2 technology on Guam early next year, following a successful friendly user trial this summer and fall.
Company officials said in the release that the company tested VDSL2, because it is capable of transmitting data or Internet traffic at speeds exceeding 100 Megabits per second simultaneously in both the upstream and downstream directions.
"We plan to use VDLS2 in tandem with our fiber-to-the-home project," Moffat added. "GTA TeleGuam has invested more than $75 million in network infrastructure on Guam over the past five years. As a result of investments by GTA TeleGuam and other carriers, Guam is one of the most wired places on earth."
In addition, the company is also expanding ultra high-capacity broadband access into various residential neighborhoods on Guam using fiber optic lines. These lines lead directly into subscribers' homes as part of the company's 'Todu Guam" FTTH project. Approximately 1,000 homes on Guam have access to fiber-based broadband.
In the recent news, GTA TeleGuam announced that it has reached a new licensing agreement to broadcast The Filipino Channel "TFC" over its Guam Digital Television "GUdTV" service, offering international channel lineup on Guam.
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Edited by Juliana Kenny