Feeds

Hull home for UK's first commercial ADSL service

Wired access is ultra fast

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Hull-based Kingston Communications has launched what is believed to be Europe's first commercial "fast Internet" service using ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) technology. The service -- Kingston Ultra -- is expected to deliver Internet access at speeds of up to two million bits per second over standard copper telephone lines to its 185,000 customers in Kingston-Upon-Hull. The ADSL technology will begin to be rolled-out in March next year after the company recently completed a £4 million investment programme -- including the installation of ATM switching -- to enable the network to support ADSL services. As well as providing fast Net access, the company also plans to deliver digital broadcast television over ADSL lines aimed at home users. The move follows an extensive trial of ADSL-based services to 250 homes in the Hull area. Kingston will take advantage of IP multicasting, ATM switching, MPEG video and ADSL to enable home access to digital television and interactive services over a common, multi-application high speed network, the company said. A new business -- Kingston Vision -- has been formed to manage the entertainment-based service, creating up to 25 new jobs. The company also confirmed that it was in negotiations with set-top box suppliers, and programme content and service providers are nearing completion. "We are committed to ADSL technology as a means of delivering these services to our customers, creating new growth opportunities," said Kingston Communications Chief Executive Steve Maine. "Our trial has shown it is both reliable and fully capable of delivering a high quality service," he said. According to a spokesman at the company, there are some 710 million copper phone lines in the world and the thought of digging them up and replacing them with fibre optics simply isn't worth considering. "ADSL helps solve that problem and bridges that gap in the local loop," he said. BT has been running similar ASDL trials for several years but as yet has been reluctant to press ahead with it. But the US does appear to be embracing ADSL technology more and more, and a number of countries in Europe, including Germany and Belgium, have also announced that they are to run extensive trials. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years
Man jailed for dodgy cinema recording of Hollywood movie
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?