THIRTY LEADING international telecoms companies have joined forces to speed the development of digital technology that will eventually deliver broadband internet services at high speeds over existing phone lines.
BT, France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom are among the operators to form a Bcommittee seeking to bring Very High-Speed Digital Subscriber Line (VDSL) into commercial use within the next few years.
Equipment manufacturers including Marconi, Motorola and Nortel are also involved.
VDSL – which uses copper wire to transmit data – has the potential to increase internet download speeds to 400 times those available via ISDN.
Although it has a shorter range than other technologies, it should eventually make it possible for businesses to use data-hungry applications such as design or video-conferencing, more easily – for example, by linking different departments on their sites or connecting them to a local exchange.
One of the committee’s main aims is to agree international standards for the development of VDSL within six months.
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