Alcatel has signed a $800 million, five-year deal to supply ADSL (asymmetrical digital subscriber line) technology to telecommunications giant Bell Atlantic.
The contract guarantees Alcatel over 50 per cent of Bell's voice and data access networking equipment.
Alcatel reports it will integrate its 1000 ADSL ATM Subscriber Access Multiplexer (ASAM) and Litespan Next Generation Digital Loop Carrier (NGDLC) products with existing copper telephone lines.
Alcatel reports Bell selected its ASDL solutions in a bid to boost its broadband services.
The technology offers the prospect of easy links to the Internet and transmission speed 200 times faster than traditional analog modems.
Litespan technology enables the faster access speeds using plug-in channel unit cards or ASAMs.
Already a supporter and user of Litespan, Bell is anticipating that the extension of its remote terminals with ADSL technology will enable it to increase the range of potential ASDL subscribers.