SingTel, Alcatel Begin Voice-over-DSL Trial

SINGAPORE (06/08/2000) - Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. and Alcatel SA have begun a trial of voice-over-ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) here, the companies announced at the CommunicAsia show today.

The trial uses Israeli company Tdsoft Ltd.'s Vongate (voice over next generation access) technology and will enable SingTel to offer integrated voice and fast Internet access over a single twisted-pair wire using ADSL broadband technology.

Voice-over-ADSL is a technology that allows additional voice calls to be carried over normal telephone lines. With the ADSL infrastructure in place, up to 16 additional digital telephone calls can be carried over the telephone wire, in addition to standard analog calls.

The service will be aimed at the small and medium business, small office/home office and high-end residential markets, SingTel said in a statement. ADSL service is available in all residential and business premises in Singapore, and the Magix broadband Internet access service has been available since 1997.

If the trial leads to commercial roll-out, SingTel expects to be the first telecommunications company in the Asia-Pacific region to offer voice-over-ADSL to its subscribers.

SingTel, in Singapore, can be reached at +65-838-2740 or online at http://www.singtel.com/.

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