Compaq will release four modem products next week. At the high end is a 900MHz GSM wireless transceiver on a PC card that enables full GSM fax and data. It will be priced at just over $1000.
The three other products include: a combo 56Kbit/s and 10/100Mbit/s PC card which supports V90 and K56flex standards priced at around $535; a 56Kbit/s PC card for $320; and an external 56Kbit/s modem priced at $220. Prices exclude GST.
Compaq is also working on ADSL modems based on a lightweight version of the technology, which offers lower speeds (up to 1Mbit/s) but negates the need for specialised network termination equipment at the user end.
Chuck Hudson, Compaq’s director of client access business unit, says although Compaq will also support full-rate DSL, it sees sub-rate DSL as being more accessible to the mass market.
He says ADSL services in North America are priced at around $US50 a month, including Internet access.
Compaq, which is part of the Universal ADSL group - an industry group, including Microsoft and Intel, which aims to promote ADSL and create a common standard - will have ADSL modems and cards available within the next 12 months.
Meanwhile, in New Zealand Telecom is trialling ADSL technology in the Wellington suburbs of Lower Hutt and Khandallah.