Alcatel completes SHDSL interoperability testing

Telecom vendor Alcatel has completed interoperability testing of its next-generation Symmetric High-Speed Digital Subscriber Line equipment.

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By  Jon Tullett Published  February 11, 2001

Alcatel has announced the successful completion of interoperability testing of its Speed Touch Pro modem and Speed Touch Private Line Network Termination product to conform to Symmetric High-Speed DSL (SHDSL) specifications. SHDSL offers carriers the flexibility to deliver multiple broadband services at greater distances over the same infrastructure.

SHDSL, an industry-standard endorsed by the International Telecommunications Union, is capable of delivering symmetric service up to 2.3 Mbps when uploading and downloading data over a single-pair copper telephone line, or up to 4.6 Mbps on a dual-pair. The technology allows the use of repeaters, enabling service providers to reach subscribers up to 7.8km from the service node. SHDSL can also be intermixed with ADSL lines without affecting performance. The interoperability tests were organized by the DSL Forum and conducted at the University of New Hampshire's InterOperability Laboratory in the United States.

According to Marc Hermans, president, Alcatel Customer Premise Division, "SHDSL will enable service providers to offer a new class of broadband service to the small-and-medium enterprise and SOHO markets."

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