The fastest Internet access yet seen over a standard telephone line is the promise from Rockwell Semiconductor and telecomms equipment maker Nortel, which have teamed to develop a 1Mbps technology.
The companies will combine Nortel's One-Meg Modem equipment - currently under development - with Rockwell's Consumer DSL chipset, which supports high speed data transfer over phone lines. These could provide Net access at rates 17 times faster than 56Kbps modems, plus simultaneous voice services over the same line.
The combined technologies will be beta tested in the second quarter of 1998 and are likely to be available to the general public in about a year's time. The Rockwell chipset will support all current modem speeds so users can upgrade when necessary.
The partners will sell the technology through different channels. Nortel will integrate it with its telecomms equipment, which it sells primarily to carriers and Internet service providers through direct salesforces. Rockwell will sell the product under the CDSL badge through its usual retail channels.
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