Hull to get ADSL service

Hull to get ADSL service
Melanie Reynolds Kingston Communications plans to offer its customers high-speed interactive services this year using asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) technology. The scheme, involving up to 170,000 customers in the Hull area, is an extension of a successful pilot scheme. Huw Saunders, Kingston Communications’ technology development director, estimates that the cost of implementation will exceed ?10m, although this figure is dependent on customer uptake. “It is a significant investment for us,” he said. The ADSL network will offer a 2Mbit/s transfer rate with some services provided at 6Mbit/s. A modem fitted in the home will provide a standard interface to a PC or set-top box. Initially the modem will be part of the network and be supplied to customers by Kingston Communications in order to retain control over the network. As standards are agreed within ADSL, other connection equipment will be used. Charges for services are still under review but it is likely that payment will be on a subscription basis. Meanwhile, BT are pressing ahead with plans for a trial of ADSL this summer involving 2,000 homes in west London.


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