The high-speed Internet access service known as Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) will first take firm hold in China, with Japan following close behind, according to a new study by market researcher In-Stat.
ADSL runs at 1.544M bits per second downstream, from the carrier to the end point, and 640K bps upstream, which makes it particularly well-suited for Internet access. ADSL data rates can be up to 200 times faster than today's 56K modems.
China is building out new twisted-pair telephone infrastructure at a rate of around 2 million to 3 million new lines per year and already has relationships with ADSL vendors who are poised to offer the service in China, according to the statement. Japan is also investing in the technology, and the two countries will likely be the first 1-million-unit-per-year markets for ADSL in 2000, the statement said.
ADSL is available now in many places but in a limited fashion, In-Stat said.
In-Stat, in Scottsdale, Arizona, can be reached aon the World Wide Web at http://www.instat.com/.