Posted: Monday 23 September 2013

Industry Moves to Assist Introduction of VDSL2 and Vectoring for the NBN

Sydney, 23 September 2013

Communications Alliance has launched a revision of industry Standards and an industry Code, to facilitate the deployment of VDSL2 and Vectoring technologies as part of the National Broadband Network (NBN).

VDSL2 and Vectoring are technologies that are used to increase the rate at which data can be transferred across copper networks. They are expected to underpin the inclusion of Fibre To The Node (FTTN) in the mix of access methods through which the future NBN will be delivered – as spelled out in the broadband policies of the Abbott Government.
Communications Alliance has created a Working Committee that will revise four separate co-regulatory instruments plus an informative brochure (see attachment) to incorporate arrangements for the use of VDSL2 and Vectoring.

Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton, said the relevant Communications Alliance and Australian Standard already made provision for VDSL2, but that the industry Code did not yet cover VDSL2 at the network deployment side.

“Given that Vectoring has emerged only recently as a workable technology to boost data speeds via FTTN, neither our co-regulatory Code nor the Australian Standard yet encompasses it,” Mr Stanton said.

“The revision of Codes and Standards to facilitate new technologies and new policy directions is an important part of ensuring that Australian industry is equipped to realise the planned changes to the way the NBN is rolled out.”

Mr Stanton said Communications Alliance will stay in close contact with Government and other stakeholders as the work proceeds.

The latest project is one of a broad range of NBN-related operational projects being coordinated by Communications Alliance.

Other projects include work on:

  • local number portability arrangements in an NBN-based environment;
  • arrangements to facilitate transfer of customers between providers post-migration to the NBN;
  • steps to help the transition of over-the-top (OTT) devices to the NBN – including personal medical alarms; and
  • the implementation of opt-in battery back-up arrangements.

Attachment: Documents to be revised by the VDSL2 and Vectoring Working Committee

Unconditioned Local Loop Service (ULLS) Network Deployment Industry Code (C559:2012)

Requirements for Customer Equipment for connection to a metallic local loop interface of a Telecommunications Network - Part 1: General Australian Standard (AS/CA S043.1:2003)

Requirements for Customer Equipment for connection to a metallic local loop interface of a Telecommunications Network - Part 2: Broadband Australian Standard (AS/CA S043.2:2008)

Requirements for Customer Equipment for connection to a metallic local loop interface of a Telecommunications Network Part 3: DC, low frequency AC and voiceband Australian Standard (AS/CA S043.3:2008)

xDSL Provision from a DSLAM in a Customer Building brochure


Communications Alliance is the primary telecommunications industry body in Australia. Its membership is drawn from a wide cross-section of the communications industry, including carriers, carriage and internet service providers, content providers, search engines, equipment vendors, IT companies, consultants and business groups.

Its vision is to provide a unified voice for the telecommunications industry and to lead it into the next generation of converging networks, technologies and services. The prime mission of Communications Alliance is to promote the growth of the Australian communications industry and the protection of consumer interests by fostering the highest standards of business ethics and behaviour through industry self-governance. For more details about Communications Alliance, see

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