BT to release Mac ADSL drivers Monday

Will support them, too

BT will ship drivers on Monday that will allow Mac users to use its home-oriented ADSL service with the bundled Alcatel SpeedTouch USB modem.

The company's ADSL ISP subsidiary, BT Openworld, told The Register that the drivers have been given the thumbs-up BT's broadband infrastructure division, BT Ignite. BT Ignite said the drivers will be posted on the BT Openworld Web site on Monday 19 February.

And the drivers will be fully supported by BT Ignite on that date, said Chris Simmons, BT Openworld head of product marketing. Simmons also told us that from Monday, BT will promote its ADSL offering as Mac compatible. The drivers require MacOS 8.6 or above and a PowerPC processor. "Anyone with a modern Mac should have no trouble," he said.

The news follows Alcatel's decision to make the Mac drivers available on its own Web site yesterday, and our demand than BT gets its act together and its story straight, having already offered what it calls "trial" drivers to some Mac users and given very different ship dates for the drivers' final release to others.

The availability of the drivers direct from Alcatel follows the Belgian comms company's decision to offer drivers for Linux users. Those drivers, which will also be made available on the company's Web site, are due next month. ®

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