A couple of Silicon Valley start ups are coming out with Universal Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (UADSL) technology to enable telecos to offer direct Internet access to their customers and expand low cost voice services.
CopperCom, which has just secured $12.8 million in a second round of financing, hopes that local telephone exchange carriers will deploy its DSL based services to upscale residences and small offices so it can usher in a new generation of high bandwidth applications.
Cynthia Ringo, CopperCom?s chief executive and president claimed the firm?s DSL products integrate with the existing installed base of DSL, ATM and voice switching equipment. The company?s technology, which will ship in the second half of 1999, provides up to 16 phone lines and an ever present Internet connection over a single copper pair wire.
Another Silicon Valley start up, JetStream Communications, plans to bring its Unity architecture to market slightly ahead of Coppercom, however.
Unity runs on top of existing ATM and DSL technologies to enable CLECs to deliver up to 16 telephone lines, high speed Internet and remote local area network access over a single copper pair wire to reduce the cost of service delivery.
Paula Reinman, TeleChoice?s director of market strategy, said: "The demand for lightning fast access to the Internet is driving growth of the DSL market today. Voice, in addition to data, over DSL will provide compelling business opportunities for ILECs and CLECs (Incumbent and Local Exchange Carriers) alike as they bundle new services for multiple users in the small business and upscale residence markets."
She added that, despite the hype about data and voice converging over IP, the bulk of voice traffic would remain on the public switched network for at least 10-20 years.
But not all industry watchers agreed and many feel that DSL may not be ready for prime time just yet.
Dataquest analyst Brett Azuma believes that carriers and hardware vendors with business plans based on expected take up rates of 25 per cent or more are doomed to fail.
"As little as five percent of the potential customer base may actually be served by any DSL within five years," he said.
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