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ADSL: a new twisted-pair access to the information highway

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3 Author(s)
Kyees, P.J. ; Dept. of Sci. & Technol., BellSouth, Birmingham, AL, USA ; McConnell, R.C. ; Sistanizadeh, K.

The asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) takes advantage of the existing twisted-pair copper loop that currently provides customer access to the telephone network. An ADSL modem is placed at each end of the loop to create a high speed access link above the existing telephone service. Since ADSL makes use of the existing copper telephone line, its application in the telephone network can conceivably be nearly as ubiquitous as the public telephone network itself. With ADSL, it is possible to connect small numbers of customers to broadband services in areas where full upgrade to hybrid fiber coaxial or fiber facilities is not economical in the near term. ADSL systems offer a means to introduce broadband services using the embedded base of metallic loops in areas where optic fiber-based, hybrid fiber-coaxial radio systems or other broadband transport systems may not be scheduled for deployment in time to meet business needs and customer demand. The article concentrates on ADSL systems capable of at least a nominal 6 Mb/s payload transport toward the customer, in addition to associated upstream channels and symmetrical “telephony” services via nonloaded loops that comply with carrier serving area design guidelines

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Communications Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:33 ,  Issue: 4 )