End users are doomed to wait even longer for the opportunity to use fast modem technology, following Rockwell's decision to sue Bay Networks last week. The modem maker is contending that Bay used its K56Flex fast modem technology in a non-standard way. Rockwell has also alleged that Bay's action has confused the rival camps competing to set the standard for 56Kbps modems - K56Flex and the US Robotics-led X2. The lawsuit escalates the battle over standards. US Robotics, now in the arms of 3Com, is reluctant to give up on its X2 technology. There is a plethora of law cases surrounding the modem technology, mainly focusing on patents and licensing rights, but clearly designed to score marketing points in the standards war. Given the confusion, that is likely to mean end users will still remain undecided about which modems they buy until the International Telecommunications Union sets an industry standard, which could take up to a year. A spokeswoman for Rockwell said the company is suing Bay "because it is combining a non-standard X2 protocol with the pure K56Flex protocol".
She said that companies like Bay "were jumping into bed with whatever was around at the time". She added that Lucent and Motorola, key K56Flex supporters, are still sticking with the Rockwell chipset and the lawsuit will seek compensation for damages in diluting the original specification. But Trevor Dearing, network enterprise product manager at Bay Networks UK, defended his company's actions. "We're going to offer this because the technology allows us to do that," he claimed. "We understand there was an agreement with Rockwell. If it is are protective of K56Flex, everyone will move to X2." Dearing added: "We will contest anything it throws at us." Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are offering limited 56K services in the UK, but widespread uptake of the technology is likely to depend on the outcome of the standards war.
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