ntl trials VDSL2; eyes GSM spectrum auction

22 Feb 2006

UK cable company ntl has launched a trial of VDSL2 broadband services in Guildford and announced a new partnership with GSM access vendor IP.access to develop GSM-based fixed-mobile convergence systems. ntl claims the VDSL2 service should be able to achieve speeds of 50Mbps download/25Mbps uplink and be able to connect to metropolitan Ethernet systems. Meanwhile, ntl is working with IP.access ahead of Ofcom’s auction of paired 3.3MHz bands of spectrum, which were originally retained for Digital Enhanced Cordless Telephone (DECT) but will now be offered up for GSM services. ntl is looking to utilise IP.access’ low-cost picocell infrastructure to offer GSM services alongside its existing corporate services.

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