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Ethernet and the Legacy Copper Migration: Why Service Providers Should Migrate Now

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The largest telecom operators in the U.S. are unlikely to continue to offer services based on legacy copper circuits by 2020. While the physical twisted pair connections will remain in the ground (removal is expensive), the infrastructure may not be maintained and will deteriorate over time; just like a home or other infrastructure, copper lines require maintenance to remain effective. Economics and an inability to offer higher bandwidth services mean that copper circuits will be replaced.

This paper discusses the many advantages that Ethernet enables, when compared to legacy copper twisted pair, as well as the revenue opportunities provided by migration to Ethernet.