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DSL Fuel

Does DSL have enough gas to overtake cable in the broadband race?

This story appears in the February 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

With dropping prices and growing availability, analysts now project DSL to overcome cable modems in number of broadband subscribers. In October, for example, Cahners In-Stat Group predicted DSL subscriptions in North America-2.9 mil-lion at year-end 2000-would jump past cable to 8.6 million by 2003.

One reason for the projections is that DSL lines are beginning to reach farther into the suburbs. While most lines now extend only 12,000 to 14,000 feet from each central office, new line-extension technology is increasing that to 18,000 to 24,000 feet. Furthermore, new equipment is making DSL compatible with the digital loop carrier equipment used in many outer suburbs.

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