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Crosstalk Channel Estimation via Standardized Two-Port Measurements

  • Fredrik Lindqvist1Email author,
  • Neiva Lindqvist2,
  • Boris Dortschy3,
  • Per Ödling1,
  • Per Ola Börjesson1,
  • Klas Ericson3 and
  • Evaldo Pelaes2
EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20092008:916865

Received: 21 September 2008

Accepted: 19 December 2008

Published: 8 February 2009


The emerging multiuser transmission techniques for enabling higher data rates in the copper-access network relies upon accurate knowledge of the twisted-pair cables. In particular, the square-magnitude of the crosstalk channels between the transmission lines are of interest for crosstalk-mitigation techniques. Acquiring such information normally requires dedicated apparatus since crosstalk-channel measurement is not included in the current digital subscriber line (DSL) standards. We address this problem by presenting a standard-compliant estimator for the square-magnitude of the frequency-dependent crosstalk channels that uses only functionality existing in today's standards. The proposed estimator is evaluated by laboratory experiments with standard-compliant DSL modems and real copper access network cables. The estimation results are compared with both reference measurements and with a widely used crosstalk model. The results indicate that the proposed estimator obtains an estimate of the square-magnitude of the crosstalk channels with a mean deviation from the reference measurement less than 3 dB for most frequencies.

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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Electrical and Information Technology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
Signal Processing Laboratory (LaPS), Federal University of Para, Belem, PA, Brazil
Ericsson Research, Broadband Technologies, Ericsson AB, Stockholm, Sweden


© Fredrik Lindqvist et al. 2008

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