Modem manufacturer US Robotics today formally unveiled its latest analogue modem technology that allows data to be downloaded over phone lines at 56 kilobits per second, almost twice as fast as the current top speed of 33.6 kbps.
US Robotics said more than 30 service providers worldwide have agreed to participate in field trials with broad roll-out plans to follow. One UK company supporting the 56 kbps technology is UUNET Pipex, which will be testing the new modems over the next few months.
Although no prices were given the modem is believed to cost ?in the few hundred dollars range". However, according to US Robotics, a software upgrade for the 28.8 and 33.6kbps Courier and Sportster modems will also be available, possibly as early as January.
US Robotics submitted a proposal for 56kbps modem speeds in September. However, the first 56kbps modem will not be standards-based, owing to ?the typically lengthy time to bring a standard to fruition". As a result, US Robotics is bringing x2, a proprietary technology, to market immediately.
The x2 technology is an asymmetrical technology that supplies 56kbps ?downstream? and 28.8/33.6kbps ?upstream,? company officials said.
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