The first commercial G.fast products are expected to arrive in 2015. Technical advancements and market realities means copper will be around for a very long time in some way.
"Copper isn't dead yet. Perhaps in fifty years we will live in a world without any copper in the telecommunications infrastructure but I wouldn't bet my broadband on it," Johnson said.
At the end of December, there were 644 million fixed broadband lines across the world and 367 million used copper all the way while 19 million used fiber all the way, according to Point Topic.
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