Residential xDSL Access Lines Forecast at More Than 4.2 Million in 2002 Reports IDC/LINK

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., May 26, 1998 — The market for DSL technology-based deployment and revenue is very nascent, except for HDSL technologies that have been deployed over the past four years to support T1 access, according to a new study published by IDC/LINK's Residential Telecommunications Services research program. However, this situation will change dramatically over the next six years.

ADSL is clearly still in the technical/marketing trial stage as regional Bell operating companies, independent local exchange carriers, and Internet service providers prepare to support the launch of this new voice and data service. However, by 2002, ADSL will account for 37.9 percent of total revenue and there will be more than 4.2 million access lines deployed in the residential segment, according to IDC/LINK.

This new study, DSL Technologies: 1997 Residential Market Assessment and Forecast (IDC #B15442), forecasts deployment of four primary xDSL opportunities for the residential market; HDSL/SDSL, ADSL, IDSL and VDSL. Included are forecasts based on both technology deployment and revenue generation, since the two are quite different in such nascent markets. Finally, both facilities based and ISPs are profiled. This report is available for purchase by contacting Janis Dempsey at 508-935-4145 or by e-mail at jdempsey@idc.com. Similar reports covering the small business and medium/corporate segments are also available.

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