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  • Taiwan Info Institute, Cisco Systems Open ADSL Lab
  • November 30, 1998 (TAIPEI) -- The Institute for Information Technology (III) opened the ADSL Laboratory with support from U.S.-based Cisco Systems Inc. to offer testing and verification services to local manufacturers of ADSL-related products.
    ADSL refers to asymmetric digital subscriber line telecom technology.

    A total of 16 local makers of telecom devices have contracted with the semi-government III ADSL Lab for service, including compliance testing of products with international standards and Cisco Systems solutions. Those makers are integrating ADSL technology into their products.

    Some of the local telecom equipment makers are already marketing ADSL modems. For those companies the verification of interoperability with Cisco Systems products will be valuable.

    At a time when many customers seek high-speed access to the Internet, services from the institute's ADSL Lab will help equipment producers shorten their time-to-market periods, said Charlene Wang Chien, chief of Taipei-based First International Computer (FIC) Inc.

    Under the auspices of Cisco Systems, the institute's ADSL task force of 72 experts is prepared to provide complete service. Such service covers application, testing and verification of ADSL interoperability as well as certification.

    When the product design is found to be in compliance with ADSL standards, a test report will be sent to the U.S.-based networking equipment giant. Products in compliance will be allowed to carry the logo "Cisco Systems ADSL Associate."

    The institute said that the ADSL Lab is the first of its kind outside the United States. This indicates that Taiwan is emerging as a production center for telecom/ADSL devices.

    Already, Taiwan is the world's third largest producer of personal computers. And according to Dataquest, Taiwan produced 25 percent of modems shipped worldwide in 1997, totaling a value of US$800 million.

    "Taiwan-based device makers may not have much influence on setting technical standards, but they are quick to follow new standards/protocols and skillful in reducing production costs," said Larry Sun, country manager of Cisco Systems Taiwan and channel director of Greater China.

    "The fact that 16 companies have embarked on making ADSL devices is a testimony to Taiwan's core competency," Sun said.

    To secure a supply of core ADSL chipsets, III recently signed a memorandum of understanding with U.S.-based Analog Devices Inc., to help local makers equip their ADSL devices.

    The 16 local modem manufacturers are seeking ADSL certificates for their modem products.

    Their next step will likely be production of ADSL COE (central office equipment) routers and CPE (customer premises equipment) routers. It is estimated that local makers will announce prototype ADSL routers in the first quarter of 1999.

    (Charlene Huang, Asia BizTech Correspondent)

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    Updated: Sat Nov 28 00:03:22 1998 PDT