Next stop on the modem train is digital technology, and smart modems are further down the track, Sirius officials told ARN last week. The current station is dual-mode K56flex and V.90 modems, the first of which comes from NetComm, part of the Sirius Technology camp.
Sirius' business strategy manager, Cam Wayland, said the new modem would be available before Easter.
The NetComm Roadster II 56 Ultra is one of the first 56Kbps modems based on the new ITU V.90 standard.
Wayland said the dual modes allowed users to use both V.90 and K56flex connections from the same modem. Of the available 56Kbps modem technologies (K65flex and x2), Wayland believes K56flex is by far the more popular.
"There will be a transition phase as Australian ISPs upgrade their equipment to V.90, and to protect customers we have developed a dual-mode product to be used with either V.90 or K56flex connections," Wayland said.
The NetComm Roadster II 56 Ultra is expected to retail at $299.
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