Alcatel announced Monday that it will provide high-speed DSL (digital subscriber line) Internet access equipment to BellSouth that will nearly triple BellSouth's DSL subscriber base. BellSouth plans to use the equipment to make DSL available to 70 percent of households in the southeastern United States and acquire 600,000 subscribers by the end of the year. BellSouth had 381,000 subscribers at the end of the second quarter.
France-based Alcatel is already a supplier of DSL equipment to BellSouth and also sells wireless equipment to Cingular Wireless, the wireless phone venture operated by SBC Communications, BellSouth and Pacific Bell. Alcatel will sell DSL equipment for BellSouth's telecom central office switching locations as well as remote terminals that lie closer to the carrier's Internet customers.