[New Video Technology] (fwd)

david a. schlussel (dschluss@engin.umich.edu)
Wed, 20 Sep 1995 12:29:31 -0400 (EDT)

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>Date: Tue, 19 Sep 1995 13:05:14 -0500
>From: gary.chapman@mail.utexas.edu (Gary Chapman)
>Subject: New Video Technology
> LARGO, Fla. (Reuter) - AT&T-Paradyne announced Tuesday an
>innovation in data compression and transmission technology that
>will allow two-way television signals to be sent over ordinary
>copper phone lines.
> The development promises ``a new communications dimension
>that will change the use of telephones, televisions and
>computers,'' Clete Gardenhour, AT&T-Paradyne director of
>business development, said. The company is a unit of AT&T Corp.
> The new technology allows the transmission of data in two
>directions at speeds of 1.54 to 2.05 million bits per second,
>which is at least 70 times faster than the fastest existing
>modem, the company said.
> It will allow the transmission of full-motion television
>video over existing copper telephone lines so subscribers will
>be able to use their telephone service while the same lines are
>carrying either television video or data.
> The development could challenge to the cable-television
>industry, which is trying to use its existing cable lines to
>enter the telephone business.
> The enhancement to the AT&T-Bell Labs and AT&T-Paradyne
>GlobeSpan communications technology, ``will allow worldwide
>phone companies to make the information superhighway as
>universally accessible as today's telephone, radio and TV
>services,'' said Gardenhour.
> One possible application of the new technology will be to
>carry the information superhighway to areas of the world where
>there are copper phone lines, but no microwave transmission
>facilities or fiber optic cables.
> The technology could be critical to telephone companies in
>light of a telecommunications reform plan in Washington that
>would let local phone companies, long distance companies and
>cable TV companies compete in one another's markets within three
>years. The U.S. telecommunications market is said to be worth
>$250 billion a year.
> In the fierce competition for the market, cable companies
>were thought to be in the lead because of their advantage in
>''bandwidth'' -- a term that describes the information-carrying
>ability of a medium.
> Cable television's transmission cable, coaxial cable, has
>more bandwidth than copper telephone wire and therefore a
>greater ability to carry data -- the difference between a straw
>and a firehose, as one observer put it.
> In essence, the AT&T-Paradyne technology would enable
>telephone companies to compete without needing to install costly
>fiber optic cable in individual homes.
> An AT&T-Paradyne spokesman said the new technology will be
>available in December.

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