Turn Copper into Gold

By Dori Erann 5 min read

DSL played a key role in connectivity in previous years. But the copper-lines are being phased out and can no longer support the spiking demand for faster Internet. So, for those operators who have DSL networks… it is time to “turn your copper into gold”.

That is what Ceragon is now offering DSL/Copper operators – upgrade your DSL infrastructure to wireless with support for multi-gigabit connectivity, and change your business model. We have identified several easy paths to make sure any upgrade solution meets individual challenges – budget, timelines, expertise, geography, to name a few.

In past years, copper was the dominant link into most homes and had easy reach into rural areas because phone wireline service was widely deployed. But that is now changing.

DRIVERS TO REPLACE COPPER:

  • Migration from copper phone service to VoIP decreasing copper installations
  • DSL service capacity lags behind fiber, wireless, and cable
  • Wireless technology can be deployed faster and reach remote areas
  • Government funding supporting alternative, faster technologies that can reach more underserved communities
  • Fiber-to-the-home buildouts getting more focus
  • DSL copper is more expensive than fiber optic and wireless networks to deploy and maintain


More and more DSL operators are turning to Ceragon, looking for options to augment or replace their networks with wireless technology. Ceragon offers superior solutions that enable operators to deliver high-capacity broadband to unserved or underserved rural areas nationwide. Ceragon has also been working with customers to help them apply for and access government grant funding to help expedite network expansions.

While Fiber has been the technology of choice for many operators, getting fiber installed across a diverse topology, into rural households, and across a large nation is not easy. According to a recent Fierce Telecom article, analysts are estimating that copper will linger for a decade due to the sheer scale and challenges of fiber deployments.

Hence, wireless is a perfect solution. It requires far less time and money to deploy and can have subscribers connected within weeks. Not to mention the ongoing costs of continued maintenance of copper, which cost far more than wireless, or even fiber. The number of Fixed Wireless connections has already been growing rapidly in part due to DSL replacements.

With next generation backhaul/transport technology, professional services, access solutions, and end-to-end network expertise, Ceragon has multiple solutions and benefits:

  • EASY MIGRATON PATH FROM COPPER

DSL is no longer meeting the high demands of customers. Let us help you upgrade your offerings, reach new geographies and revenues, and turn your copper into “gold”.

  • EXTENSION OR ALTERNATIVE TO FIBER

Where fiber’s not feasible due to cost or geography, our wireless is ideal. Or our solutions can be set up to gain immediate access to a particular market while waiting to finish your fiber buildout.

  • FASTER TO MARKET

Begin earning revenue within weeks, as opposed to months or years

  • INHOUSE EXPERTISE

We have an incredible, dedicated team that is extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and nimble – we can help you with any portion of your network lifecycle – planning, deploying, and even operating – whatever YOU need

  • MULTI-GIGABIT FLEXIBLE SOLUTIONS

That meet the needs of any rural deployment

  • OPEX OR CAPEX FINANCIAL MODELS

We offer creative purchase options, help you meet your business goals and budget

  • GOVERNMENT FUNDING

Our solutions can help you either access government funding by reaching unserved communities; or if you have received government funding, we can ensure that you stay withing tight timelines in getting connectivity to promised markets

MANAGED SERVICES

Not all DSL service providers have the skills or resources to deploy and manage a wireless network. Ceragon offers comprehensive professional services (as outlined in this blog) including planning, deploying, maintaining, and operating networks. Our managed services include a set of sophisticated tools that allow operators to converge the tracking, analysis, and daily operation of their wireless networks into one single pane of glass. This ensures that our customers are empowered with real-time data, and we can optimize the performance of the network – saving precious time and money.

GOLD AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW

Replacing copper infrastructure with wireless enables operators to expand their footprint, modernize their networks, and improve customer satisfaction and loyalty. Once you upgrade your copper, you’ll realize that the gold is not at the end of the rainbow, but rather right at your fingertips. You will be able to not only increase revenues, but more importantly make your customers so much happier with reliable, high-speed, low-latency connectivity – and that is gold.

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