Netspeed is set to be the first company to deliver an ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) router to the market, in a year that should see this new sector explode, unleashing a battle with other high speed access technologies.
Dallas-based Netspeed, which was founded a year ago by former executives from Networth, after that company was acquired by Compaq, will unveil its router later this month and ship it shortly afterwards. Other products will follow around June.
President John McHale believes ADSL will really start to take off in the second half of this year. The technology broadens network pipes to provide faster access to corporate networks and the Internet, using existing wiring. McHale believes there will be a rash of product announcements in the coming months and after the summer "economically viable" systems will emerge.
This should provide sufficient affordable equipment to prompt telcos to launch ADSL services. So far few services are on offer, even in the US, because it requires huge investment in scarcely available technology. Such services will probably cost #30-#100 a month, analysts predict.
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