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RE: [EFM] (forward) progress in EFM copper


--The optics folks have 5 or 6 objectives, don't they?  Having two objective
for copper is perhaps one for than some would like, but as a way to reach
consensus and move things forward it doesn't seem unprecedented.

--Ethernet does not ensure interoperability between different port types.
'never has.  Although in some cases, market forces drive putting more than
one port type on a given device.  This is similar to the way the situation
was for voiceband modems, e.g., one could build a compliant V.34 modem
without including V.32bis, but for most applications, market forces required
V.32bis and all slower standards to be included.

--This concept is being talked about as a "long reach objective" and a
"short reach objective", but I think the distinction is more than just that.
If you look at the presentations from Dong and other carrier
representatives, what we're really talking about are two disctinct market
segments.  Technically, this comes down to an objective for loops that
require POTS overlay, and an objective for loops that don't.  This satisfies
the distinct identity requirement, I believe.  The objective for the loops
not requiring POTS overlay has a longer reach than the other one, so
referring to the two objectives as "short reach" and "long reach" is a handy
shorthand, that's all.


-----Original Message-----
From: Daun Langston [mailto:daun@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2002 7:47 AM
To: 'Hugh Barrass';
Subject: RE: [EFM] (forward) progress in EFM copper

I strongly support this objective because it is reaches the distance I
have been pushing for at 2500 meters and the rate is 500 Kbit slower
than I have been asking for.  This is not hard to accomplish with the
same port type.

I do not support the intent for a separate port type to the PHY.  A
separate port type is not Ethernet.  By a separate port type you are
suggesting they would not interoperate.  Should we be the first copper
Phy in Ethernet that does not interoperate?  Let's try to make it the
same port type which suggests interoperability as some common rate.

Two identical connectors in the same marketplace called Ethernet that do
not interoperate at some basic speed is not really what folks now call
Ethernet.  Ethernet always works at some level.

Should we not try first to stick to the 802 rules?  I not just want to
see this pass 802.3ah but I also want to see this pass 802.3.

A single port type is very simple to accomplish.  Why don't we try this


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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Hugh
Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2002 1:19 AM
Subject: [EFM] (forward) progress in EFM copper


I have been considering the possibilities for progress on the copper
following the pointers that we got from the straw polls at the end of
the Edinburgh
interim. In particular I have been discussing a compromise with Dong Wei
of SBC
which would combine the short reach objective and VDSL baseline (which
achieved consensus) with a longer reach objective (and associated
baseline) to
satisfy the needs of service providers that Dong has articulated. As a
result of
this discussion we have formulated some ideas which we have also
discussed with
some other copperheads and have reached what I like to call:

"The Great Copper Compromise"

In essence this can be summarized as: leave the short reach objective
and VDSL
baseline unchanged; add a new objective for longer reach along with a
baseline solution that meets the objective.

Based on discussions that I've had with a number of copper track (and
other EFM)
members I think that this compromise could add the support for two
applications and get above the 75% threshold required for progress.
Clearly this
will only work if we can guarantee that everyone who has an interest in
solution votes positively for both. I cannot emphasize enough that we
aggregate all of the positive votes in Vancouver to keep the EFM effort
Many people believe that the copper component is vital to the whole of
EFM and that
no market will develop for the fiber (or OAM) components of EFM if there
is no
copper edge.

The objective that we have been discussing is:

PHY for single pair non-loaded voice grade copper distance >= 2.7km
speed >= 2Mbps
full duplex.

The intent is that this would be a separate port type to the PHY which
meets the
existing objective.

Dong Wei has agreed to lead the development of a presentation which
could be
adopted as a baseline meeting this objective. It is crucial that we get
support for this compromise, that means that we should attempt to
maximize the
number of people who review and support Dong's presentation. Please
could you all
consider working with Wei and adding your name as a supporter of his
I will arrange a conference call (probably June 24th) before the

With thanks for your attention,