Bell Atlantic to launch ATM-based ADSL service

US phone giant Bell Atlantic has announced plans to launch another high-speed data communications service for Internet and remote access by mid-1998. The company has chosen Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM)-based Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) technology. The ADSL service will be positioned as an upgrade for ISDN users, although it is not being pushed as a replacement.

US phone giant Bell Atlantic has announced plans to launch another high-speed data communications service for Internet and remote access by mid-1998.

The company has chosen Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM)-based Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) technology and DSC Communications as the equipment and software supplier.

DSC is currently working with Westell to upgrade the already-deployed Litespan-2000 digital loop carrier system, which will allow the system to overcome existing distance limitations of ADSL.

DSC will also provide Westell's ADSL customer premise equipment, which customers will either lease, rent, or buy, according to Tony Price, president of Bell Atlantic's InfoSpeed division.

The ADSL service will be positioned as an upgrade for ISDN users, although it is not being pushed as a replacement.

"Some customers will choose to stay with ISDN, based on their applications," says Tony Price, a Bell Atlantic product manager. "We expect both services to peacefully coexist."

Bell Atlantic's InfoSpeed is a full-service sales and support organization that works with users from the development stage on through installation and follow-up support.

Pricing was unavailable, but officials said it will be set at a flat rate.

Bell Atlantic Corp., in Philadelphia, is at http://www.bell-atl.com.

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