A standard for 56Kbps modems edged closer this week as Lucent Technologies submitted essential components to help different products work together.
The elements of the standard include proposals for interim pulse code modulation. Lucent is eager that other involved companies agree on a 56K standard rather than go through a lengthy committee stage that could hamper development of faster modems.
Much of that pressure comes from the increasing need for users of the Internet to achieve reasonable access speeds. Other companies who want to become involved in the potentially lucrative 56K modem market include Hayes, US Robotics, Toshiba, 3Com, Cisco and Compaq.
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