Sirius Technologies joins the ADSL game

Sirius Technologies is banking on the success of Telstra's ADSL services to provide its long-term future.

In a cooperative agreement with Alcatel announced yesterday, Sirius Technologies is manufacturing and marketing ADSL (asymmetrical digital subscriber line) devices based on Alcatel's chipset.

According to David Stewart, managing director of Sirius Technologies, ADSL and other new technologies will replace traditional modems over time.

The announcement follows Monday's news that Alcatel has been chosen as ADSL technology provider for Telstra's ADSL services.

Stewart said Sirius' role will be to supply client-premise equipment in the form of ADSL modems and devices to Telstra' ADSL customers and in future other ADSL customers.

According to Stewart, Sirius is developing a range of five ADSL products, which will be available by June next year. These include an Ethernet device, USB-Bus device, firewall device, VPN device and ADSL internal modem card.

Stewart said he is not expecting many sales of devices in the early stages of the service, which Telstra has scheduled for full commercial launch next August.

"We are not going to be shipping thousands of ADSL devices to replace modems in the next few months," Stewart said.

ADSL will start as a small percentage of Sirius' business, when products begin to be shipped next June, but will grow very quickly, he said.

"The impact on revenue will be significant."

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