Modeling and measurement of short copper cables for ultra-wideband communications

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High-speed communication using the copper network, originally installed for telephony, is one of the dominant Internet access techniques. Several variants of a technology referred to as digital subscriber line (xDSL) have been developed, standardized and installed
during the last two decades. Essentially, xDSL achieves high rates by exploiting wide bands of the copper cable channel. The shorter the cable, the wider is the band that can be used efficiently for communication. Current xDSL standards use bands up to 18MHz. Cable properties have been studied by means of measurements,
characterization and modeling up to frequencies of 30MHz.
Recent investigations have shown that is feasible both from technical and from economical point of view to exploit very short cable (up to 300m) even further and use bands above 30MHz. A prerequisite for further evaluation and the design of such ultra-wideband copper
(UWBC) systems is the extension of existing cable models to higher frequencies. This paper presents wide-band measurement results of insertion loss and crosstalk coupling in a 10-pair cable of various length values for frequencies up to 400MHz. We compare the results to
extrapolations of cable models that are established in the 30MHzrange.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProc. SPIE OpticsEast Broadband Access Communication Technologies
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Publication categoryResearch
EventSPIE OpticsEast - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: 2006 Oct 12006 Oct 4


ConferenceSPIE OpticsEast
CountryUnited States
CityBoston, MA