TAMUNING, Guam–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GTA TeleGuam has begun testing a new broadband access technology that can provide up to a ten-fold increase on the speed of its Spyder Internet access on Guam.
GTA TeleGuam is testing very high-speed digital subscriber line 2, or VDSL2 for short, that is capable of transmitting data or Internet traffic at speeds exceeding 100 Megabits per second simultaneously in both the upstream and downstream directions. This will be the first VDSL2 deployment in the Marianas and among the earliest in the United States.
Second generation VDSL2 is the newest and most advanced standard of DSL broadband wireline communications. GTA TeleGuam expects to commercially deploy VDSL2 technology on Guam early next year, following a successful friendly user trial this summer and fall.
“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.
“We plan to use VDLS2 in tandem with our fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) project,” Moffat said. “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.”
VDSL2 is deployed over existing wiring 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. In addition to faster Internet access, VDSL2 can be used to provide more digital television set-top boxes, more concurrent HD channels, and symmetrical connections.
GTA TeleGuam also is expanding ultra high-capacity broadband access into various residential neighborhoods on Guam using fiber optic lines leading directly into subscribers’ homes as part of its ‘Todu Guam” FTTH project. Almost 1,000 homes on Guam have access to fiber-based broadband.
Multiple buried fiber optic network rings and Metro Ethernet access throughout Guam already provide access speeds of 25 to 100 megabits per second to most businesses and community anchor institutions on the island.