Tuesday, January 15, 2008

ADSL2 and QOS to start 2008 off

Two developments in ADSL so far in 2008.

The first is that Megapath is rolling out ADSL2. Megapath mainly resells other carriers broadband, so I am wondering if this is a Covad resale. Who knows?

As a follow on to its growing suite of broadband access products—a portfolio that includes various flavors of DSL (ADSL, SDSL and IDSL), bonded T1, cable and satellite services—MegaPath’s ADSL2+ service is targeted at both Small to Medium Sized Businesses (SMBs) and larger business with branch locations. ....Available in 11 major U.S. cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, the ADSL2+ service offers business customers three bandwidth tiers: 8, 10, and 15 Mbps. [source]

The other question should be: Do they have the network to backhaul enough bandwidth that the business "power users" actually get what they ordered? (It's the same question I would ask of Covad or New Edge. I don't play favorites). Speaking of New Edge: NEN is the second story.

NEN (or EarthLink if you rather) is rolling out Redback Networks’ SmartEdge 800 gateway switches in order to provide QOS on its ADSL network. [source] QOS on DSL. Now that's novel! One thing though: This is on New Edge's ADSL Network in a private managed network. NEN also resells ILEC DSL circuits which I do not think will be able to be Prioritized. The NEN Managed ADSL w/QOS will retail for about $150.

Transparency: I am a New Edge sales agent. So if you are looking to hit some areas with ADSL, T1 or Frame, give me a shout at 813-963-5884 or email to southeast_dsl at yahoo dotcom

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