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IBM Japan has begun testing satellite-based Internet technology capable of sending elephantine amounts of data to PCs. According to a report in this morning's edition of Nihon Keizai Shimbun, film trailers and video graphics are being zipped here, there and everywhere to see if the service can cope with such large amounts of data. What's more, it's been reported that the quality of the service is as good as TV with none of the usual blips and interruptions associated with such technology. If it proves successful IBM Japan and its partners hope to start building a network capable of handling video-on-demand, the newspaper said. ®

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