Cisco, Hayes, Samsung and Thomson Consumer Electronics have teamed up to create a unit to deliver cable modems.
That is likely to bring the possibility of accessing the Internet at fast speeds a shade closer.
But the four members of the cable consortium will seek to persuade other vendors of products, including 3Com, Bay, Motorola, Terayon and others, to join them in a quest for a common standard.
The protocol Cisco is promoting is called the Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) and will apply to both cable company operators and end users.
However, it is likely that it will be some time before such standards penetrate cable networks in the UK. As revealed here earlier, cable modem companies including Cable & Wireless and Telewest are lagging in providing cable facilities to UK users.
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