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Web Sprinter races at 7 mbps

WebSprint Communications announces a service for Net connections and video on demand using copper phone lines, also known as DSL (digital subscriber lines).

The options for high-speed Internet access keep multiplying.

In the latest example, WebSprint Communications today announced a service for Net connections and video on demand using copper phone lines, also known as DSL (digital subscriber line). This technology is one of the hottest in the market for high-speed Internet access, with some analysts predicting it has more potential than ISDN or cable modems.

WebSprint's service is meant for users of high-rise buildings within close proximity, campuses, or telecommuters. A modem-like device, dubbed Web Sprinter, sends and receives data at 7 mbps at distances of about one to three miles, according to Sheila Behnamnia, account manager for Web Sprinter. Two such devices are required, selling for $1,099 each.

"Web Sprinter's digital line signal is transmitted over the copper wire pair and connected through an Ethernet hub or router to your LAN [local area network] or directly to your PC," the company said today.

WebSprint's competitors include Tut Systems and PairGain.

A recent study by Pelorus Group predicts that the DSL market will generate $1.5 billion in revenue by 2001 in the United States and $2.9 billion worldwide.