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"Internet Access Modem" that is "nearly 5,000 %" faster
There was the most cryptic announcement by Westell (makers
of ADSL equipment) on 3/25/96 via Reuters.
This modem is "5,000 percent faster than currently available analog
modems." Presumably this is an asymmetric modem, it provides
data rates of "64,000bits per second from customer premises to
the switching company" and up to "1.5 million bits per second within
the telephone company network" (presumably T-1).
"Additionally, the product has the ability to separate data streams
from voice streams within a telephone company switching system,
eliminating a switching bottleneck encountered using current technologies."
"Westell said pricing of the product would depend on the application
and configuration." (very informative :) )
My understanding is ADSL is to work with existing lines (as ISDN)
and no repeaters.
While I can understand the claim of 64,000 bps, given this
is essentially 28.8 x 2 plus a little more (asymmetric), I wonder about
the claim of being 5 times faster than currently available
If anyone has further information about this claim or the pricing,
please let us know.
W. Curtiss Priest, Director, CITS
Center for Information, Technology & Society
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