Having recently upgraded its dial-up network in May 1996 to 33.6kbps, UUNET Pipex has announced a further upgrade to 56kbps. The latest modem technology from US Robotics (is set to allow Pipex dial users to access the Internet at speeds only a fraction slower than ISDN.
With the cost and rental of an ISDN connection still expensive and most dial-up users hungry for extra bandwidth, Pipex claims its upgrade will give it a big advantage over other UK service providers. Matt Townend, marketing manager at Pipex, said: ?With ISDN speeds and an industrial strength network with 45mbps transatlantic links, other ISPs are going to have to watch out. With the ISP industry consolidating, only those who can offer higher speeds will survive.?
Subscribers looking to upgrade to 56kbps will have to wait until the first quarter of 1997. That is when US Robotics will release the upgrade code for their faster modems. According to Pipex, access can be achieved by a simple, inexpensive upgrade for USR Courier or Sportster modems. However, customers who do not have USR will be forced to buy new modems if they want to take advantage of the faster speeds.
With 25 per cent of Pipex subscribers having moved from 28.8 to 33.6kbps earlier this year, Pipex is confident that the faster speed offerings will be popular. USR and Pipex will be testing the new modems on the Pipex dial network over the next two months and the new speed will then be made available to customers when USR officially releases the upgrade.
Monthly connection charges for Pipex?s dial-up service will remain unchanged.
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