G.992.3 Annex L

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ITU-T G.992.3 Annex L is an optional specification in the ITU-T ADSL2 recommendation G.992.3 titled Specific requirements for a Reach Extended ADSL2 (READSL2) system operating in the frequency band above POTS, therefore it is often referred to as Reach Extended ADSL2 or READSL2.

The main difference between this specification and commonly deployed Annex A is the maximum distance that can be used. The power of the lower frequencies used for transmitting data is boosted up to increase the reach of this signal up to 7 kilometers (23,000 ft). The upper frequency limit for READSL2 is reduced to 552 kHz to keep the total power roughly the same as Annex A. Since READSL2 is intended for use on long loops there isn't much (any) usable bandwidth above 552 kHz anyway.

Although the standard development is completed and verified by the ITU, some scrupulous owners of local loop networks don't allow this standard to be used because the high power can create audible cross-talk. In contrast, this standard is implemented nationwide by the incumbent local exchange carrier France Telecom. There is no Annex L variant available for ISDN lines, which makes it unavailable in Germany, where exclusively ADSL-over-ISDN (Annex B) and corresponding All-digital ADSL with improved spectral compatibility with ADSL-over-ISDN (Annex J) variants are implemented by all local exchange carriers.

frequency plan for common ADSL standards and annexes

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