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Businesses Unconvinced By SDSL

Posted: 28th May, 2004 By: MarkJ
The latest research from Point Topic into SDSL (symmetric - same speed both ways) broadband has found that, while prices have fallen, a lack of awareness is preventing most businesses from even considering it:

SDSL services are more suitable for businesses than ADSL as they provide fast data transfer both upstream and downstream. This can enable a branch office to send data quickly to head office or let a small media company send high-quality graphics or presentations to clients.

But lack of awareness means these advantages are failing to win over many UK firms, warns Point Topic. "It’s still a hard sell. Many small and medium-sized firms aren't convinced about the benefits of SDSL for applications like voice over IP, IP-VPNs and video conference," Johnson said.

This is in marked contrast to the take-up of the fax machine, when most companies almost immediately realised that this was a technology that they couldn't do without, said Johnson.


We note from personal experience that many businesses are happy to stick with a 2Mbps ADSL line, which is often cheaper and appears to suit their needs.

Luckily SDSL prices are expected to fall even further, which could help to make it more attractive. More @ ZDNet.
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