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TI Works on DSL Technology for HDTV

TI said Monday the technology will increase the capacity of digital subscriber lines, or DSL, to make the phone companies’ broadband offerings more competitive with cable-modem service.

Cable already offers video and is cutting into the phone companies’ business by adding voice services.

Pete Chow, TI’s chief technology officer for DSL, said the phone companies will need improved technology to counter the cable giants.

“It’s a logical next step, but a lot of people haven’t taken it,” he said. “Video will become the dominant application on DSL.”

David Willis, an analyst with the technology research firm Meta Group, said faster DSL service that can handle video is limited in the United States but more advanced in Asia and Europe.

Read more at eWeek

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