Singtel, Singapore’s largest telecommunications provider, has announced a pilot programme to test a voice-over DSL system from Alcatel.
“The pilot will provide up to 12 lines into a premises based on a single twisted pair line — the standard copper line into the building,” says Alcatel’s vice-president in charge of carrier internetworking Frank Christiaens.
Telecom New Zealand is also watching this area carefully.
“This is also the direction we’re heading in,” says Telecom’s manager for IP managed broadband, Jonathan Segel.
“We can see it offers advantages for smaller business customers and convenience for Telecom in that it’s a cost-effective way of providing multiple voice lines.”
The system allows the user, typically a small to medium-sized enterprise (SME), to choose a combination of voice and high-speed data lines without having to rent more phone lines into the building. Alcatel has entered into an alliance with Israeli voice-over high-speed data line company Tdsoft to offer the service.
“By offering voice and high-speed data on the same pipe we save the SME money as well as saving the telco from having to install fibre or wireless dishes to do the same job,” says Christiaens.
"This is an important strategic partnership and a breakthrough in technology that will benefit our consumers,” says Yap TyeSan, chief technical officer at SingTel.
SingTel is a major part of the Singaporean government’s plan to re-invent Singapore as the region’s new economy capital. This includes offering broadband Internet access to every citizen in the next few years.
Christiaens dismisses any question of interference between the voice and data streams, saying it is highly unlikely unless a particular telco is using obscure or unusual hardware in its network.