Cisco has launched a low end digital subscriber line (DSL) router into Europe even though it recognises the region is entrenched in ISDN.
?DSL is in its infancy as there are only trials and pilots by the PTTs [public carriers],? said Tony Hart, Cisco?s Emea product marketing manager for remote access products.
?The US is a little more advanced [in the uptake of DSL]. The difference is that uptake of ISDN has been stronger in Europe because of the aggressive and dynamic selling by the telcos. Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom have been pushing ISDN hard,? continued Hart.
However he does not believe European telcos will suppress the expected growth of DSL, particularly in the home. ?All telcos are piloting the technology and there is no reticence in offering the service,? said Hart.
DSL technology brings high speed data networking capabilities to traditional copper telephone wires, enabling users to download audio and video over the Internet and make phone calls simultaneously.
BT is currently testing the technology on consumers and businesses in west London, offers a constant Internet connection with data transfer at up to 2Mbps.
The Cisco 1401 DSL router is aimed at small and medium sized businesses and small branch offices. It features a 10BaseT Ethernet and a standard ATM25 interface.
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