Compaq will announce later this week a plan to offer asynchronous digital subscriber line (ADSL) technology to US customers of its Presario PC range, through a deal with Ameritech.
But while north America will see results quite quickly, Internet users in Europe will have to wait for some time before reaping the benefits of technology that can deliver data at speeds of 1.5Mbps across copper wires.
The technology backed by Compaq uses existing wire belonging to electricity companies and circumvents fuzzy connections by carrying data traffic between local power substations and homes. The data is then funnelled to end users? PCs through coax fibre optic circuits.
Speed of access is more than 10 times that of equivalent data feeds using ISDN.
Compaq will announce a deal with Ameritech later this week that will deliver data throughput of over 1.5Mbps. Compaq will offer peripherals with its Presario machines in the US.
The UK could follow the US swiftly, however. Norweb signed a deal with Northern Telecom at the end of last year to deliver similar technology although the PC connection and a PC partner are not yet firmed up.
The battle to supply faster Internet speeds could, however, force BT to cut its ISDN prices again, while Cable and Wireless is expected to widen its UK cable modem trials throughout 1998.
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