AT&T has developed a way of bypassing existing local telephone networks in the US to provide faster communications to millions of homes. Based on fixed wireless technology the digital network will carry high speed communications directly to most households at many times the capacity of traditional copper wire.
The system will initially provide each household with two phone lines and the capacity for 128Kbps Internet access. It will also include encryption facilities.
Customers will be able to use their existing touch-tone wired telephones and their wireless phones at local service rates.
The system is the result of a three-year development by AT&T Wireless engineers. ?We are combining the high speeds, large capacities and voice quality that people have come to expect from fibre optics, but we?re doing it over radio waves,? said Nick Kauser, chief technology officer at AT&T Wireless Services.
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