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BellSouth, 3Com Seal DSL Alliance

BellSouth and 3Com Corp. Wednesday announced a partnership to speed the deployment of Digital Subscriber Line service to BellSouth customers in 30 Southeastern markets.

The two companies will jointly roll out BellSouth.net FastAccess ADSL Internet service using 3Com modems later this year to consumers and businesses. More than 5 million customer phone lines will be ADSL capable upon rollout. The first customers will come online during the spring.

Once the G.lite standard is ratified, the companies will also offer splitterless ADSL service. G.lite is a standard that will govern lower-speed versions of DSL and is designed to make DSL both cheaper and easier to install. The standard is currently under review by the International Telecommunications Union.

John Robinson, BellSouth's vice president of strategic management, said the partnership is designed to make it easier for its customers to get reliable, high-speed access.

"This alliance with 3Com provides a bundled product that gets the customer up and running with one stop," he said.

BellSouth expects its data business to amount to more than $5 billion in annual revenue by 2002.



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