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PORTLAND, Oregon -- Early results from a field trial of a new consumer version of Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) confirm the performance of G.Lite technology, the four companies conducting the trial announced today.
Intel Corporation, GTE, Fujitsu Network Communications and Orckit Communications are conducting the trial in the greater Portland area. The trial uses Orckit's prototype version of G.Lite equipment for high-speed broadband Internet access. The tests began in September and currently include 20 homes in Hillsboro, Oregon.
"We are pleased with the early success shown in this test," said Don Slater, GTE's assistant vice president for product strategy. "This supports GTE's belief that G.Lite is viable and essential to achieve a broad-based deployment of high-speed access."
The trial is intended to gauge the performance of G.Lite in a consumer environment where the customer will be using the same telephone line for both voice and data services. The initial test homes are located 6,000 to 15,000 feet from the central office and encompass a wide variety of structural ages, home wiring configurations and telephone devices.
"The G.Lite specification coupled with field trial data provides the industry with information that will help to accelerate the delivery of G.Lite products and services to consumers," said Kevin Kahn, Intel Fellow, director of communications architecture at the Intel Architecture Labs, and co-chairman of the Universal ADSL Working Group. "Intel's participation in this trial is an example of our commitment to advancing communications technology and to enabling new uses and new users for the PC."
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) last week voted to endorse the G.Lite ADSL standard and the results of this field test were shared with the ITU prior to that vote. The trial will be expanded to include a total of 48 homes beginning in November, and test results will continue to be submitted to the ITU.
The G.Lite standard specifies transmission speeds up to 1.5 megabits per second (Mbps) downstream and 512 kilobits per second (kbps) upstream, which has been verified by actual performance during this field test. The trial has also shown that in some cases, an easily installed microfilter needed to be placed on one or more telephone devices in the home to reduce interference when the service was being used for simultaneous voice calls and Internet access.
"Through our ability to adapt our core technology, we were ready to provide the ADSL expertise for this field trial," said Nigel Cole, vice president of business development for Orckit Communications (NASDAQ: ORCTF). "This accomplishment highlights Orckit's commitment to work with our customers to bring end-to-end ADSL solutions to Internet users worldwide."
"G.Lite technology clearly proved itself in a real-world environment in this trial," said Ron Martin, senior vice president of planning and development for Fujitsu, the company that is equipping GTE's current nationwide deployment of ADSL service. "Fujitsu and Orckit were the first to demonstrate Universal ADSL earlier this year, and we have worked very hard since then to help make this technology viable."
Intel and GTE are promoters of the Universal ADSL Working Group (UAWG), an industry consortium dedicated to achieving a single global standard for ADSL technology via the ITU. Fujitsu and Orckit are contributing members of the UAWG. All four companies share the commitment to completing the necessary technical due diligence to support the UAWG in making high-quality contributions to the ITU.
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With 1997 revenues of more than $23 billion, GTE is one of the world's largest telecommunications companies and a leading provider of integrated telecommunications services. In the United States, GTE provides local service in 28 states and wireless service in 17 states; nationwide long-distance and internetworking services ranging from dial-up Internet access for residential and small-business consumers to Web-based applications for Fortune 500 companies; as well as video service in selected markets. Outside the United States, the company serves more than 7 million telecommunications customers. GTE is also a leader in government and defense communications systems and equipment, directories and telecommunications-based information services, and aircraft-passenger telecommunications. Additional information about GTE can be found on the Internet at www.gte.com.
Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.
About Orckit Communications
Orckit Communications is a leading company in the field of Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) solutions, that enable telephone companies and Internet Service Providers to optimize the bandwidth utilization of the "last mile" of copper wire in the Local Loop. Orckit possesses both core silicon expertise and a wide range of DSL products, including its FastInternet(TM) DSLAM System with ADSL, and its CopperTrunk(R) HDSL and VDSL product lines. Orckit has key strategic alliances with several leading semiconductor companies and telecom equipment providers. For more information about Orckit and its DSL solutions, visit Orckit's web site at www.orckit.com.
About Fujitsu Network Communications
Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc., designs and manufactures fiber-optic transmission and broadband switching platforms and develops software that allows customers to perform in-service management and monitoring of the telephone network. Its customers include local exchange carriers, interexchange carriers, competitive access providers and cable TV operators, as well as large private networks in North America. Fujitsu Network Communications is part of Fujitsu Limited, a $37.7 billion global technology leader in computers, communications and microelectronics. Product information is available by calling 800-777-FAST. Its World Wide Web site is www.fnc.fujitsu.com.