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AOL Europe Will Trial DSL First In UK

AOL Europe has announced that it will conduct national trials of DSL technology, beginning with UK trials over British Telecom's recently announced ADSL platform.

"We will pursue relationships with broadband providers of any available technology so that we can best serve our members' needs, allowing people to connect easily and conveniently -- wherever they are," said Andreas Schmidt, president and CEO of AOL Europe.

AOL's position is that broadband will "further improve the online experience" and make possible a broader array of applications.

"As new technologies become available, AOL Europe is committed to providing our members with those new features that will enhance their use of this interactive medium," continued Andreas Schmidt.

"With our strong member base, we are in the best position to deliver on the promise of broadband and help make it a reality for the mass market consumer."

Beginning in the fall, AOL will select UK members for its DSL trial. On offer will be access speeds up to 20 times faster than standard modems, "always-on" access to AOL with no dial-up necessary, and a selection of broadband enhanced multimedia services.

The UK announcement follows others by America Online in the U.S., where the company has alliances with leading telcos to provide DSL access beginning later this summer.