A startup has unveiled a unique, next-generation technology that it claims can solve the last-mile bottleneck.
The Digital Switched Data Network (DSDN) broadband access technology, developed by privately held SwitchPoint Networks, allows download and upload speeds of up to 100Mbps.
DSDN has been designed to help service providers meet the worldwide demand for broadband internet access and communications services such as IP telephony, interactive gaming, video-on-demand and virtual private networks.
Bill Beans, chief executive at SwitchPoint, explained that DSDN reduces construction costs so dramatically that it brings the promise of 100Mbps broadband access to service providers and their customers.
The company, which raised $37m in funding, is marketing DSDN to domestic and international network operators including incumbent cable operators, emerging broadband providers, local exchange carriers and public utilities.
Cahners In-Stat analyst Eric Mantion said: "Because entire grids can be made in cities and neighbourhoods to provide multiple fault protection, this type of communications technology is more secure than traditional Public Switched Telephone Network-based systems."
He added that more bandwidth to the home means that more of the 80 per cent dark long-haul optic fibres can get lit.
"Companies owning these backbones have spent a lot of money on infrastructure, and DSDN could be a big catalyst for a return on these investments," explained Mantion.
SwitchPoint's first customer, WideOpenWest, has built a network to provide internet services to 12,000 homes in Denver, Colorado.
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