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The Register: What the Hell is.. BT ADSL all about [doesn't support Linux]

Apr 27, 2000, 14:32 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tim Richardson)

"BTopenworld -- the new Internet division of British Telecommunications plc -- finally unveiled its pricing for its broadband ADSL services yesterday. In effect, it was the pre-launch of mass market broadband access in Britain. The service -- for both business and domestic customers -- will go live in July 2000."

"Except there are some worries that it may not be as fast as everyone makes out. You see, BTopenworld has confirmed that the retail service will be served with a contention ratio of 50:1, with 20:1 for business users. That means, for every available line of bandwidth, you could have as many as 50 people all sharing the same connection. The result, is that at peak times, the service could slow down..."

"There appears to be a lack of support for systems other than x86 boxes (Apples are to be welcomed, just heard) with USB slots running Windows. It seems Linux workstation will be unable to use this ADSL service..."

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