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NetComm pushes broadband boundaries with new SHDSL offerings

  • 24 February, 2004 14:38

<p>SYDNEY, February 24, 2004 – Broadband solutions provider NetComm has made its foray into the next generation of broadband with the launch today of its two and four-wire SHDSL (Symmetric DSL) modems, opening the door to a wealth of new applications for high-speed Internet.</p>
<p>“SHDSL places truly business-grade networks and communications within the budget of all businesses and creates a powerful new platform from which to exploit new and emerging technologies,” NetComm managing director David Stewart said.</p>
<p>SHDSL is available in both 2-Wire and 4-Wire, in other words running over one or two pairs of copper wires. Using the NB702 (2-Wire) SHDSL modem, speeds of up to 2Mbps are achievable while the NB704 (4-Wire) unit allows for speeds of up to 4Mbps. Offering better range than ADSL, speeds of up to 384Kbps are achievable in a 6.5Km radius from the exchange with the NB704.</p>
<p>Both the NB702 and NB704 provide multi-protocol over ATM including IPoA, PPPoA and PPPoE. NAT/PAT firewall features, also included with both products, ensure that data is properly protected and able to be shared without the need for extra equipment.</p>
<p>SHDSL delivers the same speeds upstream and downstream and is an ideal solution for applications such as web and email server hosting, video conferencing and a range of emerging voice solutions including VoIP (Voice over IP) and VDSL (Voice over DSL) which require equal two-way speeds.</p>
<p>While ADSL has enjoyed strong uptake amongst Australian users, especially small business, SHDSL offers T1, or carrier-grade performance on par with more expensive solutions such as ISDN, DDS or Frame Relay.</p>
<p>Like ADSL, SHDSL requires only one twisted pair of wires to transfer data. The difference between the two is that SHDSL uses a more efficient encoding scheme called OPTIS (Overlapped Pulse Amplitude Modulated Transmission with Interlocking Spectra). The OPTIS method of encoding uses the available bandwidth much more efficiently, and does not suffer from cross talk as severely as ADSL.</p>
<p>“While ADSL is one of the most powerful technologies to emerge in communications in recent years, many users will find that the higher speeds, better range and symmetric design of SHDSL better meets their needs,” Mr Stewart said.</p>
<p>The NB702 is priced at $599 while the NB704 is $699. Both prices include GST.</p>
<p>About NetComm</p>
<p>NetComm is Australia’s leading provider of broadband solutions with a commanding position across the key markets of DSL, wireless, routing, high-speed networking solutions and digital surveillance systems. The company is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX: NTC). For specific enquiries or to arrange an interview with David Stewart or one of our engineers, contact David Binning: 02) 9424 2515, 0410 644 972, davidb@netcomm.com.au. Alternatively, visit www.netcomm.com.au.</p>

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